NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S3.02-8740
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Performance Thrusters for Advanced Green Monopropellants

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sienna Technologies, Inc.
19501 144th Avenue North East, Suite F-500
Woodinville, WA 98072 - 4423
(425) 485-7272

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ender Savrun
ender.savrun@siennatech.com
19501 144th Ave NE Suite F-500
Woodinville, WA 98072 - 4423
(425) 485-7272

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Karen D Valdastri
karen.valdastri@siennatech.com
19501 144th Avenue North East, Suite F-500
Woodinville, WA 98072 - 4423
(425) 485-7272

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The development of an advanced green monopropellant propulsion system could have significant benefits to a wide range of NASA space missions, from deep space satellites to manned space vehicles. However, the state-of-the-art thruster materials, refractory metals, cannot withstand AF-M315E combustion environment at temperatures of >2000?C without loosing their mechanical integrity.
Sienna Technologies, Inc, in collaboration with Moog-ISP, proposes to develop a revolutionary refractory metal-ceramic FGM material and an AF-M315E advanced green monopropellant thruster. In Phase I we will demonstrate a refractory metal-ceramic FGM through materials design and microstructural control that meets the requirements for thrust chamber for AF-M315E monopropellant. In Phase II we will fine-tune the FGM material properties to maximize the mechanical strength and thermochemical stability; and design, fabricate, and test a working FGM thruster in collaboration with Moog-ISP.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The development of AF-M315E advanced green monopropellant propulsion system could have significant benefits to a wide range of NASA space missions, from deep space satellites to manned space vehicles. Availability of reliable, high performance green thrusters will enable new NASA missions using existing launch vehicles or existing missions for space exploration programs including interplanetary journeys, interplanetary probes, sample return missions, and geostationary satellites.
Space lift (especially crewed launches) and target RCS applications would benefit from simpler volume packaging as well as cost savings and greater safety margins due to the non-toxic nature of the propellant.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The new FGM AF-M315E thrusters could be used as replacements for hydrazine in kinetic kill vehicles, theater high altitude antiballistic missile defense, and other strategic missile defense systems. Applications of FGM thruster technology will include a third stage rocket motor on a launch program like ALASA or even as a liquid DACS system for missile defense where the nontoxic and relatively benign burning characteristics of the propellant might enable ship-board deployment of intercept systems using AF-M315E propellant for the intercept stage.
Commercial applications include communications and imaging satellites, companions to large satellites to provide surveillance and close-up inspection capabilities such as to monitor and assure proper deployment of solar panels, antennae and other appendages or to monitor the inflation of inflatable structures.

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.)
Ceramics
Composites
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices

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