NASA 1999 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 99-1 06.03-7291 (Chron: 990180 )

PROJECT TITLE: Magnetohydrodynamic Energy Bypass Application for Single-Stage-to-Orbit Vehicles

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

The global political structure has changed dramatically since the breakup of the former Soviet Union. World changes have caused the U.S. to reprioritize its National hypersonic needs. The United States government has looked to the needs of the future, and the hypersonic aeorospace plane is one of the systems included in alternative force structures. One of the hypersonic aerospace plane concepts would involve magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) technology, or the AJAX hypersonic flight vehicle concept, originally proposed by Russian scientist Vladimir Fraishtadt. The objective of this proposal is to study an air-breathing horizontal take-off and landing design concept using an MHD energy bypass injector ramjet engine. MSE and Hypertech Concepts will be using MSE developed Electromagnetic code (MSEID Code) with new Scramjet model and other tools to examine the total system performance. Both cruiser and space launch propulsion configurations will be investigated. The MSE and Hypertech Concepts team will make sure this propulsion and operational concept for the hypersonic aerospace plane is based on operations consistent with existing NASA goals. The overall operational concept will also be examined to determine the overall cost effectiveness.



POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS

The proposed research will allow us to identify the optimal strategy towards the rapid development of an integrated, airframe-engine propulsion system for hypersonic flight and access to space. Access to space is a multi-billion dollar industry that is expected to grow even more rapidly than in the recent past. With a compelling requirement for re-usable launch vehicles already established in the commercial space industry, the need for efficient and integrated propulsion systems is acute. The ability to design an efficient launch/cruise Propulsion system, and manufacture it at low cost provides the key to commercial success. The proprietary technology that allows this operation is therefore expected to generate large revenues and provide a key advantage to U.S. business. There is a significant commercial and military market interest in the use of the product that will result from this research. NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Boeing-Rocketdyne have all expressed interest in this project. MSE has and is continuing to implement strategic partnerships with large aerospace companies: United Technologies Research Center (UTRC & Pratt & Whitney), Boeing Rocketdyne, and Coleman Aerospace. It is through these partnerships that the commercialization of the technologies will be most effectively accomplished. Our strategy is to leverage our strategic relationships to obtain match investment for a Phase II development effort predicated on the results of our Phase I research and the interest generated by potential government andcommercial clients.



NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 
Ying-Ming Lee 
MSE Technology Applications, Inc.
 200 Technology Way
 P.O. Box 4078 Butte 
 MT   59702 - 4078 

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR


MSE Technology Applications, Inc.
200 Technology Way
P. O. Box 4078 Butte 
MT   59702 - 4078