Hydrogen Burn Off (HBO) Igniter utilizes an electrical input stimulus that ignites an Electro-Explosive Device (EED) which in turn ignites a propellant grain. The propellant grain is designed to sustain a controlled burn for a specified amount of time (minimum of 22 seconds), As the propellant grain burns, it produces hot pyrotechnic particles which are propelled and exited through a nozzle in a cone pattern over a required distance (minimum of 15 feet). Propellant burn time duration and throw distance can be customized to meet specific customer application needs.
HBO Igniters provide output of hot pyrotechnic particles used to prevent the accumulation of hydrogen gas on the launch pad during the starting process of Liquid Hydrogen/Liquid Oxygen (LOX) rocket engines. HBO igniters can be used where ejection of hot pyrotechnic particles will provide a means to solve other applications.
PacSci EMC HBO Igniters are qualified and currently used to support the safe launching of various U.S. and International space vehicles.
NASA’s Space Shuttle
United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Rocket
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H2 Rocket
Provide pyrotechnic sparks of at least +1,500°F
Eject hot particles a minimum distance of 15 feet, and a cone angle of approximately 20°
Duration (Burn Time)
Minimum 22 seconds
-20°F to +160°F
1 x 10-5 cc/sec of helium with one atmosphere differential pressure
4.0 amperes with a 20 millisecond pulse
1.0 ampere / 1.0 watt for 5.0 minute
Greater than 2.0 megaohms at 500 volts direct current
Motor Igniter qualified to MIL-STD-1576 Initiator qualified to MIL-I-23659
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