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SYREN - Acoustic Resonance Igniter

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SYREN - Acoustic Resonance Igniter
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9300-08-M-3017
Award Amount: $100,000.00


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 LOX-hydrocarbon rocket engines, as well as other rocket engine cycle components such as pre-burners or gas generators. This ignition system will be based on a well-documented physical phenomenon known as acoustic resonance. A resonance igniter offers the promise of a reliable ignition system with no power required other than for operating the igniter propellant valves. Except for these valves, the system will have no moving parts or other external components that may be subject to failure. While some previous research activities have demonstrated the viability of a resonance igniter, no one has developed a truly functional system capable of meeting the future needs of the Air Force launch vehicles. ORBITEC proposes to take that critical next step and develop the SYREN acoustic resonance igniter to the point where it is a mature technology for boosters, upper stage engines, and other rocket engine combustion components. This proposal responds to topic AF081-066, which requests innovations in reliable, reusable, and non-toxic ignition systems for booster and upper stage liquid rocket engines.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Munson
Propulsion Engineer

Business Contact:

Eric E. Rice
President and CEO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No