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Company Information:

Company Name: Orbital Technologies Corporation
City: Madison
State: WI
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (608) 827-5000

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $10,786,892.00 128
SBIR Phase II $31,749,927.00 51
STTR Phase I $1,613,344.00 16
STTR Phase II $4,942,443.00 8

Award List:

MICROGRAVITY SONIC PUMP LEVITATOR FURNACE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Eric E Rice
Award Amount: $50,000.00

TELEROBOTIC CONTROL GLOVE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald R Teeter
Award Amount: $79,898.00

MICROGRAVITY SONIC PUMP LEVITATOR FURNACE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr Eric E Rice
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This project proposes to advance the state-of-the-art in microgravity containerless processing and research. the microgravity sonic pump furnace (mspf) concept is based upon the sonic pump levitator principle that provides rapid position control at modest accelerations for samples up to 4 cm in… More

TELEROBOTIC CONTROL GLOVE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald R Teeter
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This project proposes to develop a telerobotic control glove (tcg) for the control of robotic dextrous hands. the glove will be capable of controlling both the position of and the forces exerted by the fingers of the robotic hand. feedback of both tactile and force information will be provided to… More

PROTOTYPE STORAGE AND DELIVERY DEVICE FOR CRYOGENIC SOLID OXYGEN PROPELLANTS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Rice
Award Amount: $65,000.00
Abstract:
Orbitec proposes to develop a means to produce and utilize solid oxidizers in a combustion chamber. condension gaseous oxygen directly to the solid state appears an intractable approach becouse of low density of the frost formation. rapid freezing from the liquid phase however, assures a dense,… More

Prototype Storage and Delivery Device for Cryogenic Solid Hydrogen Propellants-A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a means to produce and utilize cyrogenic solid-based hydrogen fuels in a combustion chamber. Controlled freezing from the gaseous phase at or below the triple point assures uniform solid phase formation directly from gaseous phase. The vapor pressure of hydrogen is… More

Carbothermal Reduction of Lunar Materials for Oxygen Production on the Moon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Sanders D. Rosenberg
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Metalized-Cryogen for Advanced Hybrid Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Smart Vector Sensor (OSVS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00

Electromechanical Vibratory Tactile Stimulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative Electromechanical Vibratory Tactile Stimulation (EVTS) system that will provide intuitive tactile, force, and torque feedback. The need for this type of feedback is growing, as manipulators become more dextrous, and more complex tasks are to be carried out… More

Electromagnetic Vibro-Tactile Stimulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Metalized-Cryogen for Advanced Hybrid Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Premix Gas Injector and Thermally Choked Chamber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Voice-Activated Poor Visibility Emergency Response System (VAPERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mr Ronald R Teeter
Award Amount: $60,000.00

Shared Multi-Use Remote Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Miniature In Situ Smart Fatigue Monitor (MISSFM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Carbothermal Reduction of Lunar Materials for Oxygen Production on the Moon

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Sanders D. Rosenberg
Award Amount: $500,000.00

Orbitec Fiber Optic Rotation Mini-Sensor (FORMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Crabb
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Aerodynamic Levitator with Active Stabilization for High-Temperature Materials Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Premix Gas Injector and Thermally Choked Chamber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to design and develop a small commercial thruster which combines innovative concepts to produce a scalable, high response, precisely controlled, low cost, highly reliable family of thrusters for altitude control, orbit change, and maneuvering applications in space. The key concepts… More

Aerodynamic Levitator with Active Stabilization for High-Temperature Materials Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
An innovative Earth-based aerodynamic levitator with closed-loop stability control to enhance high temperature materials processing techniques is proposed. In current approaches, turbulence-induced instability imposes limits in levitator effectiveness and limits the sample dimension capacity. With… More

Electromagnetic Vibro-Tactile Stimulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
A tri-axial accelerometer that capitalizes on advances in micromachined accelerometers and solid-state memory ICs such that

Shared Multi-Use Remote Facility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The Shared Multi-use Remote Robotics Facility (SMURRF) will provide a simple, Flexible, and functional manipulator to assist space operations in an unmanned mode. Shared Multi-use Robotics Facility: Shared - Combined Automated and human controlled modes of operation; Multi-use - the wide range of… More

Voice-Activated Poor Visibility Emergency Response System (VAPERS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mr Ronald R Teeter
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This proposed effort will develop the Voice Activated Poor Visibility Emergency Response Systems (VAPERS) by combining hardware and software concepts in a manner that will significantly increase Crash-Fire-Rescue (CFR) vehicle effectiveness without a corresponding increase in operator workload. The… More

Miniature In Situ Smart Fatigue Monitor (MISSFM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes a Miniature in-Situ Smart Fatigue Monitor (MISSFM) that will accurately assess and monitor fatigue damage in eal time of almost any structural component. Phase I will design and demonstrate technology to achieve a solid state device to measure and display component strain and… More

Mirage - A Virtual Reality Haptic Rendering Software Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ron Teeter
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop haptic interface software for virtual reality simulations and assisted telerobotic manipulation. A haptic interface is a device which allows a human 'observer' to explore and interact with a virtual environment or control a remote manipulator using the sense of touch. … More

Dexterous End Effector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald Teeter , Vp/coo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Miniature Rotary Actuator With Position Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Darin R. Kohles , System Design Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Multi-Junction Thermocouple Gage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth , Sr. Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Microgravity Aerodynamic Positioning System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , President/ceo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Biomass Production System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb , Vice President/cfo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Cryogenic Hydrogen-Oxygen Solid Propellant Rocket Motor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , President/ceo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Orbitec Fiber Optic Rotation Mini-Sensor (FORMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Crabb
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) proposes a miniature optical sensor that will be able to accurately measure angle of rotation. The Fiber Optic Rotation Mini-Sensor (FORMS) will also implement fiber optics in such a manner that the sensor will be EMI immune, and smaller than other… More

ROTATING SHAFT STABILITY ANALYSIS MODEL (SHASAM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter , Vice President
Award Amount: $70,000.00

HIGH-ENERGY DENSITY CRYOGENIC MONOPROPELLANT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , President/ceo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

GAS-FED VORTEX COMBUSTION HYBRID ROCKET ENGINE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth , Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

PINCH AND POWER GRIP GYROMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb , Vice President/cfo
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Cryogenic Hybrid Rocket Engine for Testing High-Energy Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Biomass Production System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Crabb , Vice President/cfo
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Cryogenic Hybrid Rocket Engine for Testing High-Energy Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an Advanced Cryogenic Hybrid Rocket Engine (ACHRE) that can be used by the USAF/Phillips Laboratory to test the performance of high-energy propellants from the USAF-funded program. The innovative design is based upon the knowledge and experience gained in developing,… More

Environmental Stress Measurement Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC will develop an Environmental Stress Measurement Device (ESMD) for missile applications.previous technology efforts in time stress meausurement devices and microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) will be leveraged to develop and design an ESMD capable of self-powered autonomous operation for 5… More

The Infrarrd Fire Detector and Alarm (IRFDA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ronald D. Teeter
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Infrared Fire Detector and Alarm (IRFDA) is proposed to provide the United States Air Force with a system that is capable of detecting fire in large aircraft hangars, also in proximity of fuel, ammunition and other hazardous material storage areas. The IRFDA system will be a cost effective,… More

Micro-Chamber Turbine Device

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gregory Heinen
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
A Micro-Turbojet system is vastly reduced in size, on the order of 1.0-10cm diameter with thrust from .051b to 8lbs. Micro-electronics machining (MEM) techniques are used to produce augmentation unit that is fitted to an existing successful micro-turbojet(5.0 inch diameter, 35 lbs thrust),… More

Miniature Resistive Regression And Ablation Sensor (Mirras)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William A. Knuth , CHIEF ENGINEER
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Aerodynamic Materials Processing In Low-G Environments (Ample)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , PRESIDENT/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

High-Performance Dinitramine-Based Monopropellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , PRESIDENT/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

GAS-FED VORTEX COMBUSTION HYBRID ROCKET ENGINE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth , Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $599,956.00

Bioregenerative Testbed Unit for Integrated Animal/Plant Research

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Moisture and Oxygen Content Sensor Suite for Nutrient Delivery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

High-Performance Dinitramine-Based Monopropellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice , PRESIDENT/CEO
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Integrated Ground Traffic Control (IGTC) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Miniature Resistence Regression and Ablation Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: N/A
Award Amount: $600,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Vortex-Combustin Combined Cycle (VCCC) Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini
Award Amount: $100,000.00

Lunar Ice Simulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice, President and CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Plant Harvest Mechanization System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jon G. Frank, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Small Payload Fluid Servicing System (SPAFSS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey T. Iverson, Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Vortex Combustion Ramjet (VCRJ)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Microchannel Processor for Extracting Water from Planetary Dust Particles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice, President and CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Vortex Combustion Ramjet

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Moisture and Oxygen Content Sensor Suite for Nutrient Delivery Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: N/A
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
This project will develop a small, low power instrumentation package which includes a two part sensor suite: 1) sensor for monitoring profiles of moisture content, and 2) sensor to detect O2 concentration in porous substrate nutrient and water delivery systems designed to support plant growth in… More

Hydrogen Magnetic Liquifier

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Sensory Activated Stimulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Richter, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Solid Hydrogen in Liquid Helium for HEMD Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Sonic Pump Automation Robot Technology Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter, Vice President/COO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Vortex Combustion Ramjet

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes an advanced vortex combustion ramjet (VCRJ) featuring an innovative, vortex-flow, wall surface burning combustor, having improved combustion efficiency with cleaner burning and an extended operating range. Full-wall, liquid-fuel injection is expected to permit wide throttling… More

Small Payload Fluid Servicing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey T. Iverson, Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Small Payload Fluid Servicing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey T. Iverson, Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $600,000.00

Regenerable Seed Plugs from Formed Plant Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Morrow, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop and evaluate regenerable plant supports from inedible plant fiber for use in Advanced Life Support (ALS) System plant growing units. Plant supports of interest include seed plugs, seeding mats, root/shoot barriers, and plant fences. The innovation is to… More

Aerodynamic Fluid Physics Research Facility (AFPRF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to conduct innovative research and development that would culminate in an Aerodynamic Fluid Physics Research Facility (AFPRF) technology demonstration on the International Space Station serving one or more critical experimental needs of the NASA mg Program. The AFPRF would serve as… More

Universal Mapping System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald 1. Teeter, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is a total workstation for analytic and digital photogrammetry (also called softcopy) and for integrated mapping from ground, aerial and earth satellite data which is designed to optimize the interaction between human and artificial intelligence. The Universal Mapping System… More

Seed Transport, Storage and Handling System (SEEDSYS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Morrow, Principal Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
With Space Station, opportunities for long duration plant experimentation in space, including seed-to-seed multi-generational studies become increasingly available. This will require not just transport of seed to orbit, but means to stow and handle seed. The innovation of the proposed seed… More

Aerodynamic Microgravity Containerless Processor (AMCP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Rice, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to conduct an innovative research and development program that will result in a Aerodynamic Microgravity Containerless Processor (AMCP) technology demonstration on the International Space Station. This system will satisfy microgravity scientists that cannot currently be accommodated… More

Gelled LH2/UFAL/LOX Propellant System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to use ultra-fine aluminum powder (UFAL) to develop a gelled LH2 fuel and LOX propellant system. This innovation will increase the performance and density of LH2/LOX and the combustion efficiency of LH2/Al/LOX for use in rockets and combined-cycle vehicles. Lighter,… More

Carbon-based Mars ISRU Rocket Technology (CMIRT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Rice, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation is a unique Carbon-based Mars ISRU Rocket Technology (CMIRT) that can greatly reduce vehicle size, complexity, support systems, and Earth launch mass requirements for a variety of human and robotic Mars missions, where propulsion systems use propellants from indigenous materials on… More

Cool-Wall Vortex Combustion Chamber (CWVCC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative, cool-wall rocket engine combustion chamber that confines propellant mixing and burning to the inner region of a coaxial vortex flow field. The outer region of the flow field prevents the hot combustion products from contacting the wall. Though the chamber… More

Gelled LH2/UFAL/LOX Propellant System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to use ultra-fine aluminum powder (UFAL) to develop a gelled LH2 fuel and LOX propellant system. This innovation will increase the performance and density of LH2/LOX and the combustion efficiency of LH2/Al/LOX for use in rockets and combined-cycle vehicles. Lighter,… More

Regenerable Seed Plugs from Formed Plant Fiber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Morrow, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop and evaluate regenerable plant supports from inedible plant fiber for use in Advanced Life Support (ALS) System plant growing units. Plant supports of interest include seed plugs, seeding mats, root/shoot barriers, and plant fences. The innovation is to… More

Aerodynamic Fluid Physics Research Facility (AFPRF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Project Manager
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to conduct innovative research and development that would culminate in an Aerodynamic Fluid Physics Research Facility (AFPRF) technology demonstration on the International Space Station serving one or more critical experimental needs of the NASA mg Program. The AFPRF would serve as… More

Mixing And Combustion Of Gel Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to analytically model and empirically develop the mixing and combustion of thixotropic gel propellants in the combustion chamber flow field generated by innovative vortex injection schemes. The new mode of propellant injection uses acombination of approaches. One approach was… More

Cool-Wall Vortex Combustion Chamber (CWVCC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mart Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative, cool-wall rocket engine combustion chamber that confines propellant mixing and burning to the inner region of a coaxial vortex flow field. The outer region of the flow field prevents the hot combustion products from contacting the wall. Though the chamber… More

Mixing and Combustion of Gelled Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to continue to empirically develop and analytically model the mixing and combustion of gel propellants in the rocket combustion chamber flow field generated by innovative vortex injection schemes. The gels are injected circumferentiallytangent to the chamber wall. Streaming the… More

Virtual Collaborative Training and Operations Simulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark C. Lee, Program Manager
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of VCTOSS is to enable the creation and deployment of highly effective training and operations support materials by using new lightweight 3D simulation technology. This lightweight approach to 3D simulation makes it possible to: (1) electronically transmit materials to physically… More

Integrated Plant/Animal Habitat (IPAH)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffery T. Iverson, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Integrated Plant/Animal Habitat (IPAH) development is to provide an environmental ecosystem for plants and animals where atmospheric exchanges can be monitored and controlled among separate chambers. The Phase I effort will design, prototype, and test critical elements that will… More

Water-Based Thrusters for Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Christopher St. Clair, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
"ORBITEC proposes to develop a hydrogen/oxygen rocket engine capable of repeated, sustained operation at stoichiometric conditions. This severe operating point is made possible by utilizing ORBITEC's unique vortex combustion cold-wall (VCCW) technique,which shields the wall of the combustion… More

Lunar Regolith Processing System (LRPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Lead Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an integrated lunar regolith processing system (LRPS) to produce oxygen and a variety of other useful materials to support future lunar exploration activities. The LRPS utilizes carbothermal reduction of regolith via a direct energy source to extract oxygen, silicon,… More

Solid Hydrogen Particle Propulsion (SHPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christopher StClair, Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a new class of fuels consisting of solid hydrogen particles in a liquid helium carrier fluid. These particles would be ideal carriers for various High-Energy Density Materials (HEDM?s), including high-energy metals or atomic free radicals. To demonstrate and test the new… More

Circulating , Aeration and Nutrient Delivery System (CANDS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jay Maas, Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Phase II SBIR is to develop, build and test methods and procedures to control water, oxygen, and temperature in the root zone of a particulate based microgravity nutrient delivery system using nubs, tubes or plates. Phase I demonstrated new concepts for nutrient flow and control… More

Cool-Wall Vortex Combustion Chamber (CWVCC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mart Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative, cool-wall rocket engine combustion chamber that confines propellant mixing and burning to the inner region of a coaxial vortex flow field. The outer region of the flow field prevents the hot combustion products from contacting the wall. Though the chamber… More

Cryogenic Flow Sensor for Densified and Two Phase Flows (Cryometer)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gramer, Project Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation is a unique non-intrusive system that offers highly accurate density, quality, velocity, and mass flow measurements of two-phase and densified cryogenic flows. The system is called the Cryometer, and can greatly enhance the reliability, safety, and autonomous operation of multiple… More

Vortex Universal Stoichiometric Preburner (VUSP) for Liquid Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes a universal preburner as the gas generator on liquid rocket and combined cycle engine applications. The stoichiometric preburner, fitted with the appropriate downstream mixers, produces either or both fuel-rich or oxidizer-rich gas for turbine drive or tank pressurization. The… More

Gelled LH2/UFAL/LOX Propellant System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mart Chiaverini, Project Manager
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to use ultra-fine aluminum powder (UFAL) to develop a gelled LH2 fuel and LOX propellant system. This innovation will increase the performance and density of LH2/LOX and the combustion efficiency of LH2/Al/LOX for use in rockets and combined-cycle vehicles. Lighter,… More

Circulating , Aeration and Nutrient Delivery System (CANDS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jay Maas, Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Phase II SBIR is to develop, build and test methods and procedures to control water, oxygen, and temperature in the root zone of a particulate based microgravity nutrient delivery system using nubs, tubes or plates. Phase I demonstrated new concepts for nutrient flow and control… More

Advanced Humidity Control for Small Volumes (HUMSV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Peter Kostka, Project Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes the development of a new approach to bi-directional humidity control with the potential for providing a low cost highly reliable miniature humidity control system with no moving parts: Highly Reliable Humidity Control for Small Volumes. (HUMSV) The main innovation of the system is… More

Virtual Collaborative Training and Operations Simulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark C. Lee, Program Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of VCTOSS is to enable the creation and deployment of highly effective training and operations support materials by using new lightweight 3D simulation technology. This lightweight approach to 3D simulation makes it possible to: (1) electronically transmit materials to physically… More

Water-Based Thrusters for Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Christopher St.Clair, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $800,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a Stoichiometric Combustion Rocket Engine (SCORE) that would serve as the primary thruster for DARPA?s water rocket. The water rocket concept requires the development of a satellite power-and-propulsion architecture utilizingwater as a source of both chemical energy… More

Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gramer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes an innovative Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS) to meet USAF vehicle fleet needs for hydrogen-fueled transportation applications. It is widely anticipated that a hydrogen energy economy will evolve and become thestandard source of fuel for transportation, and… More

Wavelength-Agile Optical Rocket Propulsion Sensor (WORPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Principal Investigator: Martin J. Chiaverini
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Scott Sanders
Abstract:
ORBITEC and the University of Wisconsin-Madison propose to develop a low-cost, non-intrusive, wavelength-agile optical rocket propulsion sensor (WORPS) to interrogate rocket exhaust plumes and cryogenic fluid properties. The innovative sensor system is based on a Chirped White Pulse Emitter (CWPE).… More

SBIR Phase I: Multimodal Activated Network of Tactile Interfaces for Advanced Computing with Haptics (MANTIACH)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Crabb
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project, Multimode Activated Network of Tactile Interfaces for Advanced Computing with Haptics (MANTIACH), is an innovative approach to provide a virtual tactile stimulation display to a human operator in three-dimensional space. This device conveys… More

Deployable Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a deployable facility called the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) to produce vegetable (salad) crops to supplement prepackaged foods during long stays in space. The innovation of the VEGGIE is in providing, within a single middeck locker, a plant growing facility with… More

Advanced Vortex Hybrid Propulsion System (AVHPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin J. Chiaverini, Lead Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an Advanced Vortex Hybrid Propulsion System (AVHPS) to meet the demands of highly-reliable, low-cost propulsion systems for small launch vehicles. The benefits of the AVHPS result from the combination of ORBITEC's patentedvortex injection technique and high-regression… More

Tethered Artificial Gravity Spacecraft (TAGS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: John Hoffman
Abstract:
ORBITEC, working in cooperation with The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), and others, proposes to develop a low-cost, tethered artificial gravity spacecraft system that can be launched from the STS in a hitchhiker GAS Can or expendible launch vehicle. This variable-gravity platform would be used… More

Carbothermal Lunar Regolith Processing System (CLRPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an integrated carbothermal lunar regolith processing system (CLRPS) to produce oxygen and a variety of other useful materials to support future lunar exploration activities. The CLRPS utilizes carbothermal reduction of regolith via a direct energy source to extract… More

Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Gramer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes an innovative Modular Intelligent Hydrogen Transfer System (MIHTS) to meet USAF vehicle fleet needs for hydrogen-fueled transportation applications. It is widely anticipated that a hydrogen energy economy will evolve and become the standard source of fuel for transportation, and… More

Wavelength-Agile Optical Rocket Propulsion Sensor (WORPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Principal Investigator: Martin J. Chiaverini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Cheri Gest
Abstract:
ORBITEC and the University of Wisconsin-Madison propose to continue the development of a low-cost, non-intrusive, wavelength-agile optical rocket propulsion sensor (WORPS) to interrogate rocket exhaust plumes and cryogenic fluid properties. The innovative sensor system uses an amplified Chirped… More

Deployable Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a deployable facility called the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) to produce vegetable (salad) crops to supplement prepackaged foods during long stays in space. The innovation of the VEGGIE is in providing, within a single middeck locker, a plant growing facility with… More

TAGS II: Tether Electrodynamic Spinup and Survivability Experiment (TESSX)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator: Daniel Gramer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $500,000.00
RI Contact: Robert Lovitt
Abstract:
ORBITEC, working in cooperation with The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), and others, proposes to develop TAGS II: Tether Electrodynamic Spinup and Survivability Experiment (TESSX). TESSX is a spinning tethered space system, consisting of two end masses separated by an electrodynamic tether.… More

MODULAR COMBUSTOR ALTITUDE-COMPENSATING (MCAC) LIQUID ROCKET ENGINES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A LOX/Hydrocarbon rocket engine using an array of self-sufficient independent propulsion units (IPU's) or modular combustors, clustered in an altitude-compensating nozzle offers a promising avenue for reliable low-cost access to space. Combustor redundancy provides high fault-tolerance, achieving… More

Generic ISIS Transport Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffery T. Iverson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Generic ISIS Transport Module is to provide a means to bring living specimens to and from orbit. In addition to living specimens, the module can be used to carry subpayloads that require precise environmental control or continuous data recording. In order to maximize the amount of… More

Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Gramer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation is a Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS) for densified, normal boiling point, and two-phase cryogenic flows, capable of accurately measuring several fluid parameters in real-time. Cryogenic fluids are ubiquitous in the aerospace industry. Their low temperatures… More

Aseptic Plant Culture System (APCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Aseptic plant culture plays a significant role in biotechnology and plant physiology research and in vegetative propagation of many plant species. The development of an Aseptic Plant Culture System would provide a mechanism for experimentation as well as for transporting and storing vegetatively… More

Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET) to meet the Army's need for advanced gel bipropulsion tank systems the guarantee a constant volumetric Oxidizer-to-Fuel ratio. The benefits of the COMET result from the innovative mechanical linkage mechanisms developed by… More

Advanced MMH-Based Gel Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $120,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and SRI propose to develop an advanced gel propellant fuel based on monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) that provides higher volumetric specific impulse, incorporates a combustible particulate gellant, and has desirable stability and aging characteristics. To improve volumetric Isp, a… More

Advanced MMH-Based Gel Fuel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engi
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and SRI propose to continue the development of an advanced gel propellant fuel based on monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) that provides higher volumetric specific impulse, incorporates a combustible particulate gellant, and has desirable stability and aging characteristics. To improve volumetric… More

Engineered Multifunction Surfaces for Fluid Handling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Research & Sponsored Programs
Principal Investigator: Peter L. Kostka, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Diane Barrett
Abstract:
The goal of this proposal is to investigate the applicability of recent advances in plasma manufacturing and material treatment to NASA advanced life support systems. In particular we wish to examine surface treatment, material deposition, and the use of low pressure and atmospheric pressure plasma… More

Closed Loop Waste Processing Dryer (DRYER)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cornell University, Office of Sponsored Programs
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Linda Brainard
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop a gravity-independent pasteurization and hot air drying process suitable for stabilization of ALS wet cabin waste, drying of crew laundry, and water recovery from water-reprocessing brines. This dryer will use an energy-efficient closed air-loop Heat Pump… More

Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daniel J. Gramer
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The product of the Phase II effort will be a Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS) for densified, normal boiling point, and two-phase cryogenic flows, capable of accurately measuring several fluid parameters in real-time. Cryogenic fluids are ubiquitous in the aerospace… More

Engineered Multifunction Surfaces for Fluid Handling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Research & Sponsored Programs
Principal Investigator: Chris Thomas
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: Stephanie Gray
Abstract:
ORBITEC will investigate new nanocoating and other engineered surfaces and apply them to passive control of humidity within confined spaces while minimizing power, size and mass requirements. The innovations include: (1) the ability to scale the devices for early Exploration applications including… More

Aseptic Plant Culture System (APCS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Aseptic plant culture plays a significant role in biotechnology and plant physiology research, and in vegetative propagation of many plant species. The development of an Aseptic Plant Culture System would provide a mechanism for experimentation as well as for transporting and storing vegetatively… More

Closed Loop Waste Processing Dryer (DRYER)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Cornell University, Office of Sponsored Programs
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: Mora Harris
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to develop a gravity-independent pasteurization and hot air drying process suitable for stabilization of ALS wet cabin waste, drying of crew laundry, water recovery from water-reprocessing brines and drying of food and biomass. This process uses an energy-efficient… More

High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffery C. Emmerich
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The innovation of the proposed project is the development of High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC) systems to drive plant growth. Solar radiation is not a viable option for growing plants on the moon or on Mars for multiple reasons. On the other hand, lighting plants… More

Improved Lunar and Martian Regolith Simulant Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Marty A. Gustafson
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
NASA's new exploration initiative created immediate need for materials science and technology research to enable safe human travel and work on future lunar or Martian long-duration missions. To conduct this research, NASA must have lunar and Martian regolith simulant for materials experiments and… More

Advanced Vortex Hybrid Rocket Engine (AVHRE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) proposes to develop a unique Advanced Vortex Hybrid Rocket Engine (AVHRE) to achieve a highly-reliable, low-cost and extremely versatile propulsion technology. The benefits of AVHRE result from the combination of ORBITEC's patented vortex injection… More

Sample Acquisition for Materials in Planetary Exploration (SAMPLE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eric E. Rice
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to analyze, design, and develop a device for autonomous lunar surface/subsurface sampling and processing applications. The Sample Acquisition for Materials in Planetary Exploration (SAMPLE) allows a sample to be quickly and completely encapsulated, minimizing vibrational effects… More

Low-energy Planetary Excavator (LPE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop an innovative Low-energy Planetary Excavator (LPE) to excavate in situ regolith, ice-regolith mixes, and a variety of other geologic materials to support future activities on the Moon and Mars. The LPE utilizes an innovative cutterhead to efficiently excavate a wide… More

Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: William H. Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to continue to develop a Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET) to meet the Army's need for advanced gel bi-propellant tank systems that inherently expel a constant volumetric Oxidizer-to-Fuel ratio. The benefits of the COMET system result from innovative mechanical linkage… More

Improved Lunar and Martian Regolith Simulant Production

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The technical objective of the Phase II project is to provide a more complete investigation of the long-term needs of the simulant community based on the updated NASA outline for exploration, including potential landing site designations, the types of technologies currently funded for research, and… More

High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: C. Michael Bourget, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed project is the continued development of the High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC) system. Solar radiation is not a viable option for growing plants on the Moon or on Mars for multiple reasons. On the other hand, lighting plants with electric lamps and… More

High Performance Methane Thrust Chamber (HPMTC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Martin J. Chiaverini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a High-Performance Methane Thrust Chamber (HPMRE) to meet the demands of advanced chemical propulsion systems for deep-space mission applications. The HPMTC utilizes a unique propellant injector to generate a coaxial vortex flow field in the combustion chamber. … More

High-Performance Fuels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and SRI propose to develop a high-performance fuel to replace monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) and hydrocarbon based fuels. The new fuel will have higher energy-density, increased storability, be non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, and provide better compatibility and sensitivity than current MMH and… More

Hypergolic Gelled Propellant Reaction Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and ITT/Aerotherm propose to develop an advanced model to describe the chemical reactions and ignition delay of hypergolic gelled propellants. The model consists of two primary modules: a recently developed fluid dynamic spray model, and a new chemistry module that considers the reaction… More

Gaseous, Liquid, and Gelled Propellant Hypergolic Reaction Mechanisms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Lester K. Su
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes a parallel computational and experimental effort to understand the phenomena underlying hypergolic ignition of gelled propellants. Gelled hypergolic propellants offer many benefits to modern propulsion systems. They offer good insensitive munitions characteristics and versatile… More

High-yield plant based manufacturing of bioengineered spider silk (Phytosilk)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE
Principal Investigator: Robert Morrow
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Cynthia Parish
Abstract:
The high strength to weight and elasticity properties of spider silk make it of significant interest for the production of advanced fibers for military and civilian applications. Plants may offer the only feasible mechanism to produce quantities of spider silk proteins sufficient to sustain large… More

Advanced Hybrid Rocket Motor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dan Gramer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop MAELSTROM, an advanced hybrid rocket motor, to meet the demands of highly flexible boost propulsion for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense applications. Key MAELSTROM features include: versatile energy management, high propulsive performance, inherent safety of a hybrid,… More

Dense Medium Plasma Water Purification Reactor (DMP WaPR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Yonghui Ma, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The Dense Medium Plasma Water Purification Reactor offers significant improvements over existing water purification technologies used in Advanced Life Support systems such as bioreactors, catalysts, and membrane based systems. Evaluation of water contaminated with bacteria and plasma-treated… More

Advanced Vortex Hybrid Rocket Engine (AVHRE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ronald R. Teeter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a unique Advanced Vortex Hybrid Rocket Engine (AVHRE) to achieve a safe, highly-reliable, low-cost and uniquely versatile propulsion system. The benefits of AVHRE result from the combination of four innovations: (1) the patented vortex injection technique which generates… More

Submersible LED Lighting for Photobioreactors (SLLP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Robert Morrow, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The economic potential of photosynthetic species as sources of pigments, gelling agents, medicinal compounds, specialty foods, and biofilters will be more fully exploited in the next few decades through the use of bioreactors. However, a major bottleneck in photobioreactor productivity has been the… More

Low-energy Planetary Excavator (LPE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC is developing an innovative Low-energy Planetary Excavator (LPE) to excavate in situ regolith, ice-regolith mixes, and a variety of other geologic materials to support future activities on the Moon and Mars. The LPE utilizes an innovative cutterhead to efficiently excavate a wide range of… More

High Energy Binders for Solid Rocket Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Brant White, Chemical Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and SRI propose to develop high-energy binders to replace conventional binders commonly used in solid propellants. The proposed binders will enjoy higher enthalpy, higher density, greater tolerance for impurities while curing, and greater range of compatibility with other propellant… More

High Performance Aluminum Casting (HPAC) for Landing Gear Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. A. Sauer, Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop high-performance, aluminum castings (HPAC) for use in Air Force landing gear structures. The HPAC structures will achieve material properties similar to those of forged structures. The casting process is well suited to the fabrication of components from existing… More

Optimal Fuel Gel Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Propellant gels offer a promising way to simultaneously increase safety of operations and enhance performance. Gel viscoelastic properties minimize leaking and slosh during storage yet allow flow on demand. Use of energetic gellants can increase density specific impulse performance. Clever… More

Enhanced Brine Dewatering System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: William D. Butrymowicz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Enhanced Brine Dewatering System (EBDS) is to provide an easily scalable means of completely recovering usable water from byproducts created by reverse osmosis water purification systems without the use of consumable wicks. Extended duration Lunar and Mars missions will require… More

Plasma Air Decontamination System (PADS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Yonghui A. Ma, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed Plasma Air Decontamination System (PADS) is a trace contaminant control device based on non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma technology that operates at ambient pressure and temperature and has the potential to replace the existing Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) used on the… More

Advanced Hybrid Rocket Motor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engi
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to continue the development of MAELSTROM, an advanced hybrid rocket motor, to meet the demands of highly flexible boost propulsion for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense applications. Key MAELSTROM features include: versatile energy management, high propulsive performance, inherent… More

High-yield plant based manufacturing of bioengineered spider silk (Phytosilk)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE
Principal Investigator: Robert Morrow, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Charles Greer
Abstract:
The high strength to weight and elasticity properties of spider silk make it of significant interest for the production of advanced fibers for military and civilian applications. Plants may offer the only feasible mechanism to produce quantities of spider silk proteins sufficient to sustain large… More

Hypergolic Ignition of Gelled Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: Lester K. Su
Abstract:
Hypergolic propellant gels offer improved safety and performance flexibility. However, their longer ignition delays endanger engine health and preclude widespread use. Understanding the physical and chemical paths to ignition can enable improving ignition and realizing favorable IM characteristics… More

Environmentally-Benign Oxidizers for Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SRI)
Principal Investigator: Brant White, Chemical Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Paul Penwell
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC), with the assistance of SRI International under subcontract, propose to develop new and innovative environmentally-benign oxidizers to replace ammonium perchlorate (AP) in solid propellant formulations. These innovative oxidizers will not contain halogens… More

Dense Medium Plasma Remediation of VOCs in Groundwater

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISO
Principal Investigator: Yonghui Ma
Award Amount: $93,438.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Groundwater is one of the most important freshwater resources on this planet. However, contaminated groundwater has become an ever-increasing problem in the United State. Among the many types of contaminants, Volatile O rganic Chemicals (VOCs) are a major concern… More

SYREN - Acoustic Resonance Igniter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Scott Munson, Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
To meet the performance goals of the next generation of liquid hydrocarbon boost and upper stage rocket engines, the Air Force will require a new family of reliable and reusable igniters. ORBITEC proposes to develop and demonstrate a highly-reliable, non-toxic ignition system designed for use with… More

Advanced Oxidizers for Hybrid Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a high-performance, non-toxic, storable oxidizer to replace current storable oxidizers for hybrid rocket motor propulsion systems. The proposed candidate oxidizers have higher energy and oxygen content, greater density, lower volatility, and less corrosivity than the… More

Slow and Fast Cook-Off Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation proposes to develop a model of both slow and fast cook-off events to help advance efforts to produce solid propellants that can meet insensitive munitions requirements. A standard test to predict the results of full scale SCO and FCO experiments will be developed.… More

Enhanced Brine Dewatering System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ross Remiker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of the Enhanced Brine Dewatering System (EBDS) is to provide a scalable means of completely recovering usable water from byproducts created by reverse osmosis water purification systems without the use of consumable wicks. Extended duration Lunar and Mars missions will require the… More

High-Fidelity Lunar Dust Simulant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The severity of the lunar dust problems encountered during the Apollo missions were consistently underestimated by ground tests, illustrating the need to develop significantly better lunar dust simulants and simulation facilities. ORBITEC proposes to develop a family of High-Fidelity Lunar Dust… More

Gamma Densitometry Technique for Quantifying Void Fraction in Cavitating Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Cavitation in liquid rocket engine turbopumps can degrade performance, damage hardware, and generate vibration that impacts the entire vehicle. Many types of cavitation can occur within the operating envelope, and their presence complicates the design process. Cavitation models remain invalidated… More

Variable Thrust Liquid or Gel Propulsion for Mission Flexibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: William Knuth, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a family of liquid/gel propellant, variable thrust propulsion systems to provide increased mission flexibility to battle planners to enhance warfighting strategies and enemy engagement capabilities. Variable thrust capability with non-toxic, space-storable propellants is… More

Plasma Air Decontamination System (PADS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Yonghui Ma, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The proposed Plasma Air Decontamination System (PADS) is a trace contaminant control device based on non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma technology. Compared to the Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) and the Vapor Phase Catalytic Ammonia Removal system (VPCAR), this novel technology… More

Energetic Polyazide Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.,
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Grant Risha
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation and Penn State University propose to examine and characterize novel energetic formulations in solid fuels to replace conventional, low-energy, binders such as HTPB. The proposed solid fuels will provide higher enthalpy, higher density, and improved rocket engine… More

Advanced Microwave Electrothermal Thruster (AMET)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: University of Alabama Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Chris St. Clair, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) and the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) propose to develop the Advanced Microwave Electrothermal Thruster (AMET), a high-efficiency thruster which will use water propellant to enable various Lunar and Mars missions. The proposed AMET will… More

High-Fidelity Lunar Dust Simulant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The severity of the lunar dust problems encountered during the Apollo missions were consistently underestimated by ground tests, illustrating the need to develop significantly better lunar dust simulants and simulation facilities. ORBITEC is proposing to continue developing high-fidelity lunar dust… More

Algorthms and Regolith Erosion Models for the Alert Code

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Duke University
Principal Investigator: John E. Brandenburg, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
ORBITEC and Duke University have teamed on this STTR to develop the ALERT (Advanced Lunar Exhaust-Regolith Transport) code which will include new developments in modeling of regolith erosion and entrainment as well as plume transport with full mass and momentum conservation. The Plume is handled in… More

Ionic Liquid Propellants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Juan J. DePablo
Abstract:
Future BMDS interceptor systems require innovative propellants that provide significantly increased performance and, simultaneously, improved safety, insensitivity, and economy. ORBITEC and partner University of Wisconsin-Madison propose to develop a family of ionic liquid propellants to meet these… More

Simultaneous Particle Imaging Velocimetry and Thermometry (PIVT) in Reacting Flows.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: David Rothamer
Abstract:
The dynamics of turbulent combustion processes necessitate the measurement of multiple quantities simultaneously, but measuring multiple variables generally requires multiple laser-based diagnostics. Combining temperature and velocity measurements in a single diagnostic offers the opportunity for… More

Self Pressurizing Gas Generator (SPGG)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. Arthur Sauer, Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) proposes to develop a monopropellant Self-Pressurizing Gas Generator (SPGG) warm gas pressurization system for satellite propulsion system applications. The SPGG system will utilize a novel method to pressurize the propellant. The proposed system offers… More

Novel Energetic Polymers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Bottaro, Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop novel energetic polymers based on the 1,2,3-triazole linkage to replace conventional binders commonly used in solid propellants. The proposed polymers will enjoy higher enthalpy, higher density, greater tolerance for impurities while curing, desirable mechanical and… More

Functionally Graded Metallic Lattice Components (FGMLC) for Advanced Propulsion Component

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: J. Sauer, Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) propose to develop functionally graded metallic lattice components for use in advanced rocket propulsion systems. The FGMLC material will utilize an internal intertwined lattice structure to join different constituents of the composite material.… More

Advanced Microwave Electrothermal Thruster for Dual-Mode Water Rocket Propulsion (AMET-DMWRP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chris St. Clair, Principal Aerospace Engin
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop the Advanced Microwave Electrothermal Thruster (AMET) for use as one of the primary thrusters in the Dual-Mode Water Rocket Propulsion system. The AMET uses an electrodeless microwave discharge to produce thrust from water vapor propellant, delivering specific impulse in… More

Heat Transfer Model for Bubbly Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Staff Analyst
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a heat transfer model to predict heat transfer coefficient in bubbly flows in small tubes. This model is intended for application to thermal management systems in a variety of propulsion systems, including both air-breathing and rocket engines. The Phase I work will… More

Injector Stability Screening Technique (ISST)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ryan Cavitt, Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to demonstrate and validate a laboratory scale experimental injector stability screening technique which will quantify injector element stability characteristics. The experimental approach promises to dramatically reduce development cost by utilizing a gaseous single element test… More

Magnetically Coupled Helium Recirculation Fan (MCHRF)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chris St.Clair, Principal Aerospace Engin
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop the Magnetically Coupled Helium Recirculation Fan (MCHRF), a fan for the recirculation of cryogenic helium gas for shipboard High-Temperature Superconductor Deguassing (HTSDG) systems. The MCHRF will eliminate the mechanical penetration required for the recirculation… More

High-Performance Fuels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engi
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to continue the development of high-performance fuels to replace monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) and other storable fuels for in-space propulsion applications. Compounds from various chemical families were proposed in Phase I to address these needs. These families of compounds have… More

High Efficiency, High Output Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (HEHO-PMWC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeff Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop processes and waste heat recovery techniques to be incorporated into the existing Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (PMWC) to increase efficiency and throughput. The end goal will be to incorporate these processes and techniques into the PMWC system developed by Ames Research… More

Advanced Carbothermal Electric Reactor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop the Advanced Carbothermal Electric (ACE) reactor to efficiently extract oxygen from lunar regolith. Unlike state-of-the-art carbothermal reactors that use concentrated solar energy or laser energy to heat the regolith, the ACE reactor uses new innovative electric… More

Non-Toxic Ionic Liquid Fuels for Exploration Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Millicent A. Coil, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Challenges arise in the propulsion systems for the new exploration architecture. The currently operational and proven storable hypergolic systems raise toxicity concerns. Because MMH is a carcinogen, measures must be taken to prevent exposure of personnel to the fuel from the time of its synthesis… More

Server-based Hypercosm 3D Interactive Platform for Simulation (SHIPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Abe Megahed, President/CFO
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
As both security requirements and the computing demands of 3D simulation grow, new solutions that take advantage of the shift to cloud computing and broadband availability will be needed. With new services for online gaming set to hit the marketplace, similar capabilities in interactive simulation… More

Functionally Graded Metallic Lattice Components (FGMLC) for Advanced Propulsion Component

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: J. Sauer, Aerospace Engineer – (608) 229-2752
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop functionally graded metallic lattice components for use in advanced rocket propulsion systems. The FGMLC material will utilize an internal intertwined lattice structure to join different constituents of the composite material. This lattice structure will allow a designed… More

SYREN - Acoustic Resonance Igniter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Scott Munson, Propulsion Engineer – (608) 229-2770
Award Amount: $749,975.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to continue the development of the SYREN Igniter to meet the performance goals of the next generation of liquid hydrocarbon boost and upper stage rocket engines. This effort will advance the technical readiness level of an innovative family of igniters for rocket combustion… More

LEDs for managing pest insects in greenhouses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $90,000.00
Abstract:
Plant-eating insect pests cause significant economic loss in commercial greenhouse growing operations, sometimes amounting to tens of thousands of dollars per hectare. Insects as a vector of plant pathogens also rank very high on the problem list for greenhouse/hothouse growers. Integrated Pest… More

Non-Thermal Sanitation by Atmospheric Pressure Plasma (SAPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Yonghui Ma, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $90,000.00
Abstract:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that foodborne diseases cause 76 million illnesses and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Among outbreaks for which the cause was determined, bacterial pathogens caused the largest percentage of outbreaks (55%) and the largest percentage of… More

Off-Grid Solid-State Agricultural Lighting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Morrow, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This project addresses the potential to move power requirements for ornamental crop lighting systems off the grid and to alternative energy sources such as solar photovoltaic. Photoperiod lighting is currently used in an estimated 25% of greenhouse ornamental production operations and floriculture… More

High Efficiency, High Output Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (HEHO-PMWC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeff Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The innovative High Efficiency, High Output Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (HEHO-PMWC) is a trash dewatering and volume reduction system that uses heat melt compaction to remove nearly 100% of water from trash and reduce the volume by up to 11 times. The HEHO-PMWC system incorporates novel methods to… More

Non-Toxic Ionic Liquid Fuels for Exploration Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop and test new, non-toxic ionic liquid fuels for propulsion applications. Vintage propulsion systems frequently use highly toxic propellants such as MMH. The toxicity of these propellants increases not only the risk of the missions but also the expense, due to special… More

Advanced Carbothermal Electric Reactor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Gustafson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of the Phase 1 effort was to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the Advanced Carbothermal Electric (ACE) Reactor concept. Unlike state-of-the-art carbothermal reactors that use concentrated solar energy and/or laser energy to heat the regolith, the ACE Reactor uses an… More

Non-Thermal Sanitation By Atmospheric Pressure Plasma

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Yonghui Ma, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop a non-thermal technology based on atmospheric-pressure (AP) cold plasma to sanitize foods, food packaging materials, and other hardware and working surfaces that are encountered during food processing in space vehicles or habitats. AP plasma is well known to be highly… More

Hydrogen Generator by Methane Pyrolysis with Carbon Capture

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeff Johnson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop, fabricate, and test a system to provide 99.999% hydrogen by efficiently performing methane pyrolysis. The system has three unique features: (1) the methane pyrolysis reactor that does not rely on high single-pass efficiencies (which will make the system robust), (2) it… More

Renewable Fuel Production System (RFPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator: Christopher Clair, Principal Aerospace Engin – (608) 229-2727
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: James Dumesic
Abstract:
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) propose to develop the Renewable Fuel Production System (RFPS), a system which will produce liquid alkene-based transportation fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Specifically, we propose to investigate… More

Synthesis of New, Insensitive Energetic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SRI International
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Enginee – (608) 229-2812
Award Amount: $150,000.00
RI Contact: Mark Petrie
Abstract:
Advanced ordnance and propulsion systems of the modern era still utilize vintage energetic materials. These old generation materials, such as RDX and HMX, cannot meet today"s more stringent safety and environmental requirements. Unfortunately, in newer compounds created to replace them, the… More

Simultaneous Particle Imaging Velocimetry and Thermometry (PIVT) in Reacting Flows.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer – (608) 229-2812
Award Amount: $750,000.00
RI Contact: David Rothamer
Abstract:
In this Phase I STTR program, ORBITEC and University of Wisconsin-Madison teamed to develop a simultaneous particle image velocimetry and thermometry (PIV+T) diagnostic for reacting flows. In applications such as gas turbine engines, internal combustion engines, and rocket engines, the dynamics of… More

LEDs for Managing Pest Insects in Greenhouses Phase II

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Morrow, Senior Scientist – 608-229-2728
Award Amount: $460,000.00
Abstract:
Plant-eating insect pests cause significant economic loss in commercial greenhouse growing operations, sometimes amounting to tens of thousands of dollars per hectare. Insects as a vector of plant pathogens also rank very high on the problem list for greenhouse/hothouse growers. Efficiently managing… More

Ultra High Repetition Rate Multi-Parameter Imaging Diagnostics for Reacting Flows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer – (608) 229-2812
Award Amount: $99,910.00
RI Contact: David Rothamer
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Study of non-stationary phenomena in turbulent combusting flows requires spatial measurements of a set of parameters at kHz rates. Ideally these parameters would include the velocity , temperature, and a relevant species concentration. In response to this need, ORBITEC and the… More

Non-Thermal Sanitation By Atmospheric Pressure Plasma

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ross W. Remiker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC's Non-Thermal Sanitation by Atmospheric Pressure Plasma technology sanitizes fresh fruits and vegetables without the use of consumable chemicals and without significantly raising the temperature of the food, so food taste and quality are not affected. Atmospheric pressure plasma is well… More

Lattice Regenerative Cooling Methods (LRCM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: J. Arthur Sauer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop and demonstrate a novel cooling concept called Lattice Regenerative Cooling Methods (LRCM) for future high thrust in-space propulsion systems. Incorporation of ORBITEC's innovative lattice structures in the fabrication of thrust chambers for expander cycle engine… More

A Rapid Coliform Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ross W. Remiker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC, in collaboration with Lucigen, proposes a rapid genetic detector for spaceflight water systems to enable real-time detection of E. coli with minimal consumables and crew time. The Rapid Coliform Detector (RCD) amplifies the genetic material in a liquid sample to allow near real-time… More

Non-Toxic Propulsion Systems for BMDS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Engineer – (608) 229-2812
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop non-toxic propulsion systems to replace hyradzine-derivative systems in interceptor applications. In ongoing work, ORBITEC has been developing high-performance ionic liquid fuels. These inherently non-volatile fuels promise safer, less sensitive systems while providing… More

Cooling Channel Diagnostic System (CCDS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chris St.Clair, Principal Aerospace Engineer – (608) 229-2727
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: ORBITEC proposes to develop the Cooling Channel Diagnostic System (CCDS), a diagnostic tool for assessing the condition of rocket engine cooling channels. This system will be used to detect and locate any deposits which inhibit heat transfer between cooling channels and the hot-gas wall… More

High Performance Hybrid Cycle for Advanced Upper Stage Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer – (608) 229-2732
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: ORBITEC proposes to develop a hybrid cycle to improve the overall performance and reduce the cost of advanced upper stage engines. Upper stage engines using the High Performance Hybrid Cycle (HPHC) will have the benefits of compact design, high thrust-to-weight, and high Isp. Once… More

Advanced Reversible Cryogenic Thermal Energy Storage (ARCTES)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chris Clair, Principal Aerospace Engin – (608) 229-2727
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop the Advanced Reversible Cryogenic Thermal Energy Storage (ARCTES) system, which will provide temporary backup cooling for circulating helium gas coolant in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) systems for naval applications. The ARCTES will rely on an initially-frozen… More

Zero G Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Richter, Mgr, Human Support Systems
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
The Zero G Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD) will provide the ability to quantify the mass of objects up to 2,000 grams, including live animal specimens in a zero G environment, an innovative because there currently are no such devices available to perform mass measurement of smaller masses (<2000… More

Integrated Composite Rocket Nozzle Extension

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Gustafson, Principal Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop and demonstrate an Integrated Composite Rocket Nozzle Extension (ICRNE) for use in rocket thrust chambers. The ICRNE will utilize an innovative bonding approach to join a high-temperature composite nozzle extension to a regeneratively cooled metallic nozzle. The ICRNE… More

Acoustic Resonance Reaction Control Thruster (ARCTIC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Scott Munson, Senior Propulsion Engineer
Award Amount: $124,996.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC proposes to develop and demonstrate the innovative Acoustic Resonance Reaction Control Thruster (ARCTIC) to provide rapid and reliable in-space impulse without the use of toxic hypergols, delicate catalyst beds, or cumbersome spark systems. The ARCTIC thruster will exceed current reliability… More

Rapid Multiplex Microbial Detector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ross W. Remiker, Mechancial Systems Manager
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
ORBITEC, in collaboration with Lucigen, proposes a rapid nucleic acid-based detector for spaceflight water systems to enable simultaneous quantification of multiple waterborne pathogens with minimal consumables and crew time. The Rapid Multiplex Microbial Detector (RMMD) amplifies the genetic… More

Synthesis of New, Insensitive Energetic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SRI International
Principal Investigator: Millicent Coil, Senior Propulsion Enginee – (608) 229-2812
Award Amount: $492,443.00
RI Contact: Mark Petrie
Abstract:
Advanced ordnance and propulsion systems utillize materials, such as RDX and HMX, that provide good performance but cannot meet today"s more stringent safety and environmental requirements. Unfortunately, in newer compounds created to replace them, the performance falls with the sensitivity.… More