NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 S4.07-8340
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Mini-Micro Thrusters, LOX / Hydrocarbon Propulsion, and Attitude Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Innovative Applications of DOD Propulsion Technology for Low-Cost Satellite Missions

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stellar Exploration, Inc.
174 Suburban Rd Suite 120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 - 7518
(805) 549-8200

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tomas Svitek
174 Suburban Road, Suite 120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 - 7518
(805) 549-8200

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 7

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We are proposing to leverage the Missile Defense Agency investments in high-performance propulsion systems for low-cost space missions with large Dv requirements, for example, a soft lunar lander. This design concept exploits a core set of hardware developed under past and current Department of Defense (DoD) investments. The propulsion system concepts under consideration are from the DoD's Missile Defense Kinetic Kill Vehicle programs such as EKV, THAAD, ASAT and LEAP. These are bipropellant, storable and hypergolic system that use high-performance propellants (MMH/NTO). This subtopic is seeking technologies with the superior performance for orbital control, for on-orbit applications including storage capability and propulsion. This propulsion system should allow transfers from LEO or GTO to lunar orbit or similar destinations. These missions have in common the substantial Dv propulsion requirements that cannot be met with the existing flown propulsion systems on current small spacecraft missions (for example, SNAP-1, Cubesats, Orbcomm or similar missions). Our proposed solutions offers that capability at an affordable but credible cost.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The successful adaptation and qualification of the KKV-derived propulsion system would offer unprecedented capability to the small spacecraft community. This capability can be used for multiple applications but from NASA viewpoint, primarily lunar, planetary and other deep-space missions. We envision that Stellar would team with the propulsion component providers (Aerojet and P&W Rocketdyne) and also NASA Ames and offer an integrated propulsion solution suitable for this class of missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Any small satellite missions with large propulsion requirements are potential market, including recent Google lunar X-prize efforts.

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