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About Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM)
"There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew."
-- Marshall McLuhan, 20th-century Canadian philosopher
Through the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, NASA is developing a high-performance, high-efficiency alternative to conventional chemical propulsion systems for next-generation launch vehicles and spacecraft. The new green propellant will be an enabling technology for commercial spaceports operating across the U.S. permitting safer, faster and much less costly launch vehicle and spacecraft fuel loading operations. The "shirt sleeve" operational environment GPIM offers will change ground processing time from weeks to days. Building and operating satellites will be simplified.
NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., are collaborating on the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, which seeks to improve overall propellant efficiency while reducing the toxic handling concerns associated with the highly toxic fuel, hydrazine. The space technology infusion mission also strives to optimize performance in new hardware, system and power solutions while ensuring the best value for investment and the safest space missions possible. The Green Propellant Infusion Mission is scheduled to launch in late 2015.
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