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Very High Altitude Aircraft Propulsion Engines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
81329
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
07SB2-0650
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
1122 Flightline Street, #76 Mojave, CA 93501-1610
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Very High Altitude Aircraft Propulsion Engines
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0314
Award Amount: $1,124,866.00
 

Abstract:

Firestar Engineering, LLC has been exploring the use of NOFB monopropellants for use in very high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle applications. Monopropellants remove the requirement for ingesting air into the vehicle. As a result, the feed system is greatly simplified, and there is no requirement to reject the large quantity of waste heat at altitude that accompanies large compression ratio air compressors. Furthermore, the combustible inflatable that can be readily derived from the primary NOFB feed system tank can be used for many additional supporting functions such as decelerator deployment, wing and prop inflation/rigidization, and operational self-destruct options. In our Phase I research, we have demonstrated utilization of an NOFB monopropellant in a single piston engine that has been run to monopropellant exhaustion allowing the engine to achieve full thermal equilibrium. In our Phase II proposed work, we'll focus our efforts on higher energy density monopropellants designed specifically for piston engine operation as well as engine modifications for improving the overall thermal energy conversion efficiency of the piston engine.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Mungas
Chief Research Scientist
3034392698
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.co

Business Contact:

Christopher Mungas
Operations Officer
3034392698
chris@firestar-engineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FIRESTAR ENGINEERING, LLC
557 Burbank Street Unit J Broomfield, CO 80020

EIN/Tax ID: 010663015
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No