NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.02-8905
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Low-Cost, Lightweight, High-Performance CMC Combustion Chamber for HAN-Based Monopropellant Engines

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
12173 Montague Street
Pacoima, CA 91331 - 2210
(818) 899-0236

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Timothy R. Stewart
Pacoima, CA 91331 - 2210
(818) 899-0236 Extension :116

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Craig N. Ward
Pacoima, CA 91331 - 2210
(818) 899-0236 Extension :127

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Non-toxic storable liquid propulsion systems are of great interest for use in future exploration missions. Efficient propulsive performance and long-duration storage attributes have made the use of hydrazine widespread across the aerospace community. However, hydrazine is highly corrosive and toxic, creating a need for non-toxic, high-performance propellants for NASA, other government agencies, academia, and the commercial space industry. Handling and safety concerns with the current toxic chemical propellants can lead to more costly propulsion systems; the use of new non-toxic propellants has the potential to reduce the cost of access to space by lowering overall life cycle costs. In this project, Ultramet will design and fabricate a lightweight, high temperature ceramic matrix composite (CMC) combustion chamber for use with the AF-M315 family of monopropellants, all of which have specific impulse values ranging from 263 to 288 sec and combustion temperatures up to 2300?C. The CMC combustion chamber material will be selected to offer the lightest possible weight, lowest cost, and highest performance available to reach the needs of the application, and will be fabricated using Ultramet's proven melt infiltration processing technology. Ultramet will work closely with a leading supplier of spacecraft propulsion systems that will provide chamber design and engineering guidance. Detailed analytical studies based on proven predictive analysis methods will be performed, and will be coupled with fabrication, optimization, and characterization of attractive CMC combustion chamber material options. The goal is to develop a CMC chamber design and fabrication process that will yield a thrust chamber that is hot-fire test-ready at the conclusion of the project. Hot-fire testing to demonstrate the survivability of the material system will be performed at the beginning of Phase II, which would also include long-duration life testing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential NASA applications include in-space reaction control propulsion, in-space primary propulsion, and launch vehicle reaction control propulsion at thrust levels ranging from 1 to 1000 lbf, as well as main engines and attitude control thrusters for payload ascent vehicles from the moon or Mars, interplanetary spacecraft, and Earth-orbiting satellites.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial applications include apogee topping engines for commercial satellites as well as pitch and roll control engines for launch vehicles. Military applications include both primary (axial) propulsion and divert and attitude control system functions for tactical missiles.

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.)
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Processing Methods
Simulation & Modeling
Spacecraft Main Engine

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