NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H2.03-9718
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP)
PROPOSAL TITLE: Superconducting Electric Boost Pump for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Florida Turbine Technologies, Inc.
1701 Military Trail, Suite 110
Jupiter, FL 33458 - 7887
(561) 427-6337

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Timothy Miller
1701 Military Trail Suite 110
Jupiter, FL 33458 - 7887
(561) 427-6350

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Lloyd Mazer
1701 Military Trail, Suite 110
Jupiter, FL 33458 - 7887
(561) 427-6337

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A submersible, superconducting electric boost pump sized to meet the needs of future Nuclear Thermal Propulsion systems in the 25,000 lbf thrust range is proposed. The proposed solution combines active electronic speed control technology with state-of-the-art cavitation suppression techniques to meet the near-zero Net Positive Suction Head requirements with up to 50% vapor content and enables a higher level of safety, reliability and operability for the Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system than turbine driven pumps. The proposed pump configuration enables placement in, or close-coupled to the tank where it can be shielded from the reactor to prevent neutron flux heating. Evaluation of NTP power cycles will enable feasibility determination for driving the boost pump, and possibly the main pump, electrically and provides a comparison of approaches for the derivation of requirements needed in the development of an ultra-long life, highly reliable integrated pump system for NTP. The requirements, system trades and benefits analysis, conceptual design, risk reduction and Phase II planning will be documented to enable further development and TRL transition from TRL 3 at the completion of Phase I to TRL 5 at the completion of Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) was identified as the propulsion system of choice in NASA's recent Mars Design Reference Architecture (DRA) 5.0 study (NASA-SP-2009-566) due to its high thrust and high specific Impulse (ISP). The proposed superconducting electric motor driven hydrogen boost pump could replace the typical expander gaseous hydrogen driven turbopump considered for NTP designs resulting in a lower cost

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA potential applications include innovative boost pumps for traditional chemical rocket propulsion enabling active speed control and near zero NPSH operation to support the DoD and commercial space markets.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Actuators & Motors
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Launch Engine/Booster
Process Monitoring & Control
Recovery (see also Autonomous Systems)
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Spacecraft Main Engine

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