NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S3.02-9278
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non-Catalytic Ignition System for High Performance Advanced Monopropellant Thrusters

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Systima Technologies, Inc.
1832 180th Street South East
Bothell, WA 98012 - 6454
(425) 487-4020

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephanie Sawhill
stephanie.sawhill@systima.com
1832 180th street SE
Bothell, WA 98012 - 6454
(425) 487-4020 Extension :238

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tom Prenzlow
tom.prenzlow@systima.com
1832 180th Street South East
Bothell, WA 98012 - 6454
(425) 487-4020

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

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)
Systima Technologies, Inc. is developing a non-catalytic ignition technology for advanced green ionic salt monopropellants such as HAN-based monopropellant AF-M315E. Green (non-hazardous, low toxicity) monopropellants such as AF-M315E offer significant advantages in performance and reduced handling infrastructure for vehicles and payloads compared to traditional hydrazine systems. Systima's innovative ignition technology does not require a catalyst bed, thus avoiding the need to pre-heat the thruster chamber, is light weight, and operates with very low power. This approach is well suited for applications that require a lower system weight, less power consumption and increased thruster lifetime, and is also well suited for auxiliary power units (APU's). The Phase I program will establish parameters for non-catalytic ignition of AF-M315E. In Phase II we will conduct extended life hot-fire testing, evaluate system performance, and identify paths to flight demonstration in collaboration with Aerojet Rocketdyne.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Green monopropellant thrusters utilizing Systima's non-catalytic ignition technique will find applications in NASA in-space propulsion systems such as axial propulsion, trajectory correction maneuvers (TCM), orbit insertion, Mars sample return missions, as well as launch propulsion systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Green monopropellant thrusters utilizing Systima's non-catalytic ignition technique will find use in applications requiring low power and high ∆V, and safer propellant handling for personnel. These applications include launch propulsion systems, missile system divert and attitude control systems, commercial launch vehicles, and auxiliary power units. Applications for rapid access to space will benefit from use of green monopropellants to reduce launch costs and provide safe handling.

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.)
Fuels/Propellants
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Spacecraft Main Engine
Surface Propulsion

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