NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 S4.07-8526
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Mini-Micro Thrusters, LOX / Hydrocarbon Propulsion, and Attitude Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Nitrous Oxide Liquid Injection Thrust Vector Control System Testing

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Whittnghill Aerospace, LLC
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208
Camarillo, CA 93010 - 8544
(805) 901-2297

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
George Whittinghill
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208
Camarillo, CA 93010 - 8544
(805) 901-2297

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A Nitrous Oxide-fed Liquid Thrust Vector Control system is proposed as an efficient method for vehicle attitude control during powered flight. Pulled from a N2O main propulsion system oxidizer tank, it features system simplicity, no toxicity, room temperature storability, high system mass fraction and superior performance due to its exothermic decomposition characteristics, answering the need for innovative attitude control technologies. A continuing series of 1,000 lb thrust hybrid rocket motor tests are proposed to characterize N2O's Side Specific Impulse as a function of thrust vectoring angle, as well as a series of 4,000 lb thrust motor firings culminating in a closed-loop Guidance Navigation and Control Hardware-In-The-Loop test in a vertical stand. At the conclusion of Phase 2, the technology will be ready for development into an upper stage as an integrated main propulsion Thrust Vector Control (TVC) /Attitude Control System for a small launch vehicle, or as a separate TVC system for any solid, liquid or hybrid powered vehicle.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential NASA applications include Small Expendable Launch Vehicle upper stages, Orbit Transfer Vehicles, Spacecraft Buses, On-Orbit Kick Motor Stages and Descent Stages.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential Non-NASA applications include commercial solid, liquid and hybrid small satellite launchers and boosters.

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