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A Modular Minimum Cost Launch System for Nano-Satellites

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90526
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
085308
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Whittnghill Aerospace, LLC
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208 Camarillo, CA 93010-8544
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: A Modular Minimum Cost Launch System for Nano-Satellites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CA11C
Award Amount: $599,922.00
 

Abstract:

As minimum cost will be required for a dedicated Nano-Sat Launch Vehicle, a parallel staged, highly modular vehicle architecture is proposed for development. The principal advantage of a modular architecture for this size of vehicle is the single propulsion development for the boost stages at a relatively small scale. This approach drastically shortens development timelines and cost. A candidate launch vehicle with a cluster of seven identical modules would light 4 modules for the first stage, 2 for the second, 1 for the third, and fire 1 small spinning Apogee Kick Motor (AKM) for the fourth. Whittinghill Aerospace (WASP) proposes to refine the Phase 1 design of an all-composite, N2O-fed Hybrid Rocket Motor (HRM) propelled, 25 kg to LEO launcher. WASP will then build and fire the AKM, build and fire the core module HRM, then launch the full-scale core module as an unguided sounding rocket from a commercial range. At the conclusion of Phase 2, the technology will be at a TRL level of 6.

Principal Investigator:

George Whittinghill
Principal Investigator
8058052297
grw@whittinghillaerospace.com

Business Contact:

George Whittinghill
Business Official
8058052297
grw@whittinghillaerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Whittinghill Aerospace, LLC
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208 Camarillo, CA 93010

EIN/Tax ID: 134295273
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No