NASA STTR 2009 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 T9.01-9844
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Technologies for Human and Robotic Space Exploration Propulsion Design and Manufacturing
PROPOSAL TITLE: Carbon Nano-Composite Ablative Rocket Nozzles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Orion Propulsion, Inc. NAME: University of Central Florida
STREET: 1525 Perimeter Pkwy Suite 250 STREET: 4000 Central Florida Blvd, ENGR1-307
CITY: Huntsville CITY: Orlando
STATE/ZIP: AL  35806 - 3581 STATE/ZIP: FL  32816 - 2450
PHONE: (256) 327-7611 PHONE: (407) 823-2155

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark F Fisher
mfisher@orionpropulsion.com

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The constantly evolving science of nanotechnology keeps coming around to old ideas re-tooled with new technologies. Though much work has been done examining the potential for nanotechnology to be used in ablative materials in a rocket nozzle, there have been relatively few testing opportunities of this application. Carbon nanofiber (CNF) composites have been identified as a lightweight and effective material that could be used in rocket motor applications. This technology when used in rocket nozzles could exhibit increased ablation resistance in the throat area and lower backside temperatures that would allow higher temperatures inside the nozzle. This could translate into a nozzle lighter in mass and higher in durability than conventional ablative nozzles. Benefits from this application could trickle across the board of high-temperature and dynamic pressure environments of different types of rocket motors.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
• Solid rocket motor nozzle materials (for NASA, DoD,
and commercial missile, spacecraft, and launch vehicle
applications
• Liquid rocket nozzle and/or throat insert material
• Material for other high temperature, long-life applications

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
• Solid rocket motor nozzle materials (for NASA, DoD,
and commercial missile, spacecraft, and launch vehicle
applications
• Liquid rocket nozzle and/or throat insert material
• Material for other high temperature, long-life applications

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
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