Rocket and Missile Propellants

SERDP and ESTCP projects are developing and demonstrating new propellant formulations that do not contain perchlorates, lead compounds, RDX, or other environmentally objectionable materials.

Active Projects List
Project Title Start Date

Novel Lead-Free Ballistic Modifiers for Improved, IM-Compliant Minimum Signature Propellants

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2142
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew P. Nelson, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
SERDP Mar 2011

Generating a Synthetic Biology Toolbox for Nitroorganics

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2339
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jon Magnuson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
SERDP Jan 2013

Isocyanate-Free Solid Rocket Motor Propellant Binders Inspired by Nature

Project Information
Project ID: WP-2406
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew Guenthner, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate
SERDP Jan 2014

Development of Low-Toxicity Liquid Propellant System for Orbital/Sub-Orbital Applications

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Project ID: WP-2401
Principal Investigator: Mr. Joseph Clubb, Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division
SERDP Jan 2014

Environmentally Sustainable Cast-Cure Binder Systems

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Project ID: WP-2444
Principal Investigator: Dr. Joseph Lenhart, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
SERDP Jul 2014

Synthesis and Evaluation of Tetrazole-Based Binder Systems in Pyrotechnics

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Project ID: WP-2443
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jesse Sabatini, U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC
SERDP Jul 2014

Diels Alder Cures: Isocyanate Replacement and Polymer Remediation

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Project ID: WP-2445
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hung Hoang, NAVAIR China Lake
SERDP Jul 2014

Manufacture of Ordnance by In-Situ Resonant Acoustic Mixing

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Project ID: WP-2632
Principal Investigator: Ms. Amy Luebbering, NSWC-IHEODTD
SERDP Jan 2016

Demonstration of Novel Green Electrical Solid Propellant for Army Tactical Rocket Propulsion

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Project ID: WP-201625
Principal Investigator: Dr. Patrick Taylor, US Army AMRDEC
ESTCP Jan 2016

An Integral Hypergolic Hybrid-Solid Fuel Ramjet Concept for AP-Free High Performance Tactical Rocket Motors

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Project ID: WP18-1193
Principal Investigator: Mark Pfeil, Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
SERDP Jan 2018

Biological Production of Thermal Stabilizers

Project Information
Project ID: WP20-1151
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Graham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
SERDP Mar 2019

Ambient Reactive Extrusion (ARE) for Design and Manufacture of Novel, Environmentally Friendly Gun Propellant Formulations for Additive Manufacturing

Project Information
Project ID: WP19-1338
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ian McAninch, CCDC Army Research Laboratory
SERDP Jul 2019