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Company Information:

Company Name:
Pioneer Astronautics
Address:
11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215-5516
Phone:
(303) 980-0890
URL:
EIN:
841322304
DUNS:
120561456
Number of Employees:
8
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,436,586.00 44
SBIR Phase II $9,137,761.00 15

Award List:

Methanol Mars In Situ Propellant Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,647.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert M. Zubrin , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Abstract:
N/a

Methanol Mars In Situ Propellant Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$596,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert M. Zubrin , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Abstract:
N/a

Mars Aromatic Hydrocarbon and Olefin Synthesis System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,668.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

Mars Micro Balloon Probe

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,930.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

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

Solar Sail Microspacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,989.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin
Abstract:
N/a

Nitrous Oxide Based Oxygen Supply System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,968.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

Mars Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Freezer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,980.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert M. Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

Mars In-Situ Based Rocket Propulsion Using Methanol

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,979.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Dennis G. Pelaccio, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$594,175.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

Nitrous Oxide-Organic Liquid Monopropellant Rocket

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,930.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, President
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide-Organic Liquid Monopropellant Rocket (NOOLMR) is a new rocket concept using nitrous oxide mixed with a small amount of a liquid organic fuel, such as an alcohol or hydrocarbon, as a monopropellant. Liquid monopropellants are often used in propulsion systems where simplicity of… More

Methane to Aromatics on Mars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,960.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Tony Muscatello, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
The Methane to Aromatics on Mars (METAMARS) project will design and build a machine for converting methane produced by the Sabatier reaction into a low hydrogen content, low vapor pressure, high density, aromatic fuel. Its primary advantage is a factor of four reduction of hydrogen feedstock… More

Carbon dioxide Oxidizer Rocket

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,930.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, President
Abstract:
The Carbon dioxide Oxidizer Rocket (COR) is a novel propulsion system concept that can enable global mobility for Mars exploration. In this concept a fuel, such as B2H6, B5H9, SiH4, LiBH4, Al(BH4)3, H2, Mg, NH3 or N2H4 is transported to Mars and burned in the COR engine using native Martian CO2 as… More

Methane to Aromatics on Mars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Tony Muscatello, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
The Methane to Aromatics on Mars (METAMARS) project will design and build a machine for converting methane produced by the Sabatier reaction into a low hydrogen content, low vapor pressure, high density, aromatic fuel. Its primary advantage is a factor of four reduction of hydrogen feedstock… More

Lightweight Auto-Inflating Self-Rigidizing Booms

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,986.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Lightweight Auto-Inflating Self-Rigidizing Booms (LAISRB) is a key technology to enable large space ?gossamer? structures such as radiometer or radar antennas or solar sails. In Pioneer Astronautics LAISRB concept, inflatable tubes containing a small amount of methanol and a UV-curing self-hardening… More

Methane to Aromatics on Mars

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Tony Muscatello, Senior Research Scientist
Abstract:
The Methane to Aromatics on Mars (METAMARS) project will design and build a machine for converting methane produced by the Sabatier reaction into a low hydrogen content, low vapor pressure, high density, aromatic fuel. Its primary advantage is a factor of four reduction of hydrogen feedstock… More

Nitrous Oxide Monopropellant rocket

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,930.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide Monopropellant Rocket (NOMR) is a new Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) thruster concept using nitrous oxide as a monopropellant. Liquid monopropellants are often used in propulsion systems where simplicity of design, restartable/control on demand, and repeatability is desired.… More

Carbon Monoxide Metal Oxide Reduction System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,960.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Carbon Monoxide Metal Oxide Reduction System (COMORS) is a method of producing useful oxygen by reducing oxides found in Lunar and Martian surface material. The COMORS heats the oxides to temperatures where the oxygen atoms combine with carbon monoxide gas acting as a reducing agent, producing… More

Magnetic Sail

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,980.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The magnetic sail, or magsail is a concept which propels spacecraft by using the magnetic field generated by a loop of superconducting cable to deflect interplanetary or interstellar plasma winds. Assuming high temperature superconductors with the same current/mass ratio as existing low temperature… More

Nitrous Oxide Emergency Power Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,888.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, President
Abstract:
The proposed Nitrous Oxide Emergency Power Unit (NEPU) is an environmentally friendly monopropellant technology for aircraft power systems. The high energy density and storage safety of nitrous oxide along with the low emission characteristics of nitrousoxide dissociation make the NEPU a very… More

Pioneer Sea Glider

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,968.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, President
Abstract:
The proposed Pioneer Sea Glider is a new method for underwater transport of equipment and personnel over long distances in a quiet manner. A unique buoyancy control system is based on the conversion of liquid nitrous oxide to a mixture of gaseous nitrogenand oxygen. This nitrous-oxide-derived… More

Nitrous Oxide Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide Propulsion System (NOPS) is a new Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) thruster concept using nitrous oxide as a monopropellant. Liquid monopropellants are often used in propulsion systems where simplicity of design, restartable/control on demand, and repeatability is desired.… More

LOX Olefin Rocket Propulsion for Deep Space

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,984.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Caviezel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The LOX Olefin engine (LOXO or LOX/LC2H4 or LOX/LC3H6) is a proposed technology designed to provide interplanetary spacecraft with high specific impulse, space storable propulsion. With the LOXO engine, the combination of liquid oxygen with sub-cooled liquid ethylene or liquid propylene as a rocket… More

Lift Gas Cracker

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,995.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lift Gas Cracker (LGC) is new method for producing lift gas for balloons for both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications, eliminating the need for heavy, bulky gas bottles. The LGC produces a lift gas from the cracking of methanol, an easily obtained, easily stored liquid, to make either… More

Pioneer Sea Glider

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$748,947.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, President
Abstract:
The proposed Pioneer Sea Glider is a new method for underwater transport of equipment and personnel over long distances in a quiet manner. A unique buoyancy control system is based on the conversion of liquid nitrous oxide to a mixture of gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. This nitrous-oxide-derived… More

Nitrous Oxide Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$600,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide Propulsion System (NOPS) is a new Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) thruster concept using nitrous oxide as a monopropellant. Liquid monopropellants are often used in propulsion systems where simplicity of design, restartable/control on demand, and repeatability is desired.… More

Lift Gas Cracker

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,927.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lift Gas Cracker (LGC) is a new method for extending the duration of high-altitude scientific balloon flights and for enabling the launch of balloons from remote locations. The LGC produces balloon lift gas by catalytic reforming of methanol to generate hydrogen plus some carbon monoxide and/or… More

Mars Solar Balloon Lander

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,941.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Mars Solar Balloon Lander (MSBL) is a novel concept which utilizes the capability of solar-heated hot air balloons to perform soft landings of scientific payloads on the Martian surface. In the MSBL concept, a dark colored or metalized zero pressure balloon is inflated with Martian atmospheric… More

Mars Aqueous Processing System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,989.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark H. Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Mars Aqueous Processing System (MAPS) is an innovative method to produce useful building materials from Martian regolith. Acids and bases produced from the regolith are used to aid the preparation of metals (such as iron) and cement ingredients (such as lime and aggregate) for construction of… More

Mars Aqueous Processing System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,350.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Mars Aqueous Processing System (MAPS) is a novel technology for recovering oxygen, iron, and other constituents from lunar and Mars soils. The closed-loop process selectively extracts and then recovers constituents from soils using acids and bases. The emphasis on Mars is production of useful… More

Alternate Propellant Thermal Rocket

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,963.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Alternate Propellant Thermal Rocket (APTR) is a novel concept for propulsion of space exploration or orbit transfer vehicles. APTR propulsion is provided by utilizing a nuclear thermal reactor or solar thermal engine to heat a space storable propellant, preferably consisting of a volatile… More

Carbon Monoxide Silicate Reduction System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,942.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
The Carbon Monoxide Silicate Reduction System (COSRS) is an innovative method that for the first time uses the strong reductant carbon monoxide to both reduce iron and to evenly deposit carbon. This enables high temperature carbothermal reduction of silicon oxide yielding five times as much oxygen… More

Mars Gashopper Airplane

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,964.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Mars Gas Hopper Airplane, or "gashopper" is a novel concept for propulsion of a robust Mars flight and surface exploration vehicle that utilizes indigenous CO2 propellant to enable greatly enhanced mobility. The gashopper will first retrieve CO2 gas from the Martian environment to store it in… More

Mars Integrated Propellant Production System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,941.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
The Integrated Mars In-Situ Propellant Production System (IMISPPS) is an end-to-end system that will produce rocket propellant on Mars from CO2 in the Martian atmosphere. The IMISPPS combines the RWGS and Sabatier reactions in a single reactor to produce a useful high-specific impulse fuel (methane… More

Mars McLOX Rocket Propulsion System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,951.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Methane and Carbon Monoxide/LOX rocket (MCLOX) is a technology for accomplishing ascent from Mars. Current Mars in-situ propellant production (ISPP) technologies produce methane and carbon monoxide in various combinations, but with neither generally produced in pure form. While separation and… More

Lunar Materials Handling System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,990.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Materials Handling System (LMHS) is a method for transfer of bulk materials and products into and out of process equipment in support of lunar and Mars in situ resource utilization (ISRU). The LMHS conveys solids to the ISRU vessel, provides a gas-tight pressure/vacuum seal, and minimizes… More

Nitrous Paraffin Hybrid

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,951.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide Paraffin Hybrid engine (N2OP) is a proposed technology designed to provide small launch vehicles with high specific impulse, indefinitely storable propulsion. In the N2OP engine, the combination of liquid nitrous oxide on solid paraffin as a rocket propellant allows for the… More

Carbon Monoxide Silicate Reduction System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,954.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Carbon Monoxide Silicate Reduction System (COSRS) is a novel technology for producing large quantities of oxygen on the Moon. Oxygen yields of 15 kilograms per 100 kilograms of feed soil were demonstrated during Phase I using both lunar and Mars soil simulants. This is about five times the… More

Mars Integrated Propellant Production System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,990.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Anthony C. Muscatello, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Integrated Mars In-Situ Propellant Production System (IMISPPS) is an end-to-end system that will produce rocket propellant on Mars from CO2 in the Martian atmosphere. The IMISPPS conducts both the Reverse Water Gas Shift (RWGS) and Sabatier (S/RWGS) reactions in a single reactor to produce a… More

Stratospheric Deployment Parafoil

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,994.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert D. Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Stratospheric Deployment Parafoil is a proposed technology that will be designed and tested to provide a greatly superior parachute precision delivery system under thin atmosphere conditions, including Mars entry. Current systems incorporate a parachute which lacks the controllability necessary… More

Advanced Gashopper Mobility Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,994.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert J. Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Mars Gas Hopper, or "gashopper" is a novel concept for propulsion of a robust Mars flight and surface exploration vehicle that utilizes indigenous CO2 propellant to enable greatly enhanced mobility. The gashopper will first retrieve CO2 gas from the Martian environment to store it in liquid form… More

Lunar Materials Handling System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,907.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark H. Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Materials Handling System (LMHS) is a method for transfer of lunar soil into and out of process equipment in support of in situ resource utilization (ISRU). The LMHS conveys solids to the ISRU vessel, provides a gas-tight seal, and minimizes wear related to abrasive particles. Lunar ISRU… More

Lunar Sulfur Capture System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,961.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Sulfur Capture System (LSCS) is an innovative method to recover sulfur compounds from lunar soil using sorbents derived primarily from in-situ resources. Most of the sulfur released from lunar soil during higher-temperature thermal treatment is trapped by the LSCS at lower temperatures on… More

Multi-Cell Thermal Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,932.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Douwe Bruinsma, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The multi-cell thermal battery (MCTB) is a device that can recover a large fraction of the thermal energy from heated regolith and subsequently apply this energy to heat up cool regolith. The individual cells of the MCTB contain a thermal storage media that is specifically designed for optimal… More

Lunar Sulfur Capture System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,764.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Sulfur Capture System (LSCS) is an innovative method to capture greater than 90 percent of sulfur gases evolved during thermal treatment of lunar soils. LSCS sorbents are based on lunar soil iron compounds that trap sulfur contained in hot in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) product gases.… More

Lunar Soil Particle Separator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Soil Particle Separator (LSPS) is an innovative method to beneficiate soil prior to in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). The LSPS improves ISRU oxygen yield by boosting the concentration of ilmenite or other iron-oxide bearing materials found in lunar soils. LSPS particle size separations… More

Durable Dust Repellent Coating for Metals

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,941.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Durable Dust Repellent Coating (DDRC) consists of nano-phase silica, titania, or other oxide coatings to repel dust in a vacuum environment over a wide range of temperatures. The coatings are engineered with dielectric properties to strongly repel particles from surfaces. Durability is… More

Counterflow Regolith Heat Exchanger

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,980.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Douwe Bruinsma, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The counterflow regolith heat exchanger (CoRHE) is a device that transfers heat from hot regolith to cold regolith. The CoRHE is essentially a tube-in-tube heat exchanger with internal and external augers attached to the inner, rotating tube to move the regolith. Hot regolith in the outer tube is… More

Lunar Organic Waste Reformer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,964.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Organic Waste Reformer (LOWR) utilizes high temperature steam reformation to convert all plastic, paper, and human waste materials into useful gases. In the LOWR, solar thermal concentrators are used to heat steam directly to 900 C, after which the steam is injected into a reactor which is… More

Multi-Cell Thermal Battery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,990.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Douwe Bruinsma, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The multi-cell thermal battery (MCTB) is a device that can recover a large fraction of the thermal energy from heated regolith and subsequently apply this energy to heat up cool regolith. The individual cells of the MCTB contain a thermal storage media that is specifically designed for optimal… More

Lunar Soil Particle Separator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,827.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Soil Particle Separator (LSPS) is an innovative method to beneficiate soil prior to in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). The LSPS can improve ISRU oxygen yield by boosting the concentration of ilmenite or other iron-oxide bearing materials found in lunar soils. This can substantially… More

Lunar Organic Waste Reformer

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,931.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Lunar Organic Waste Reformer (LOWR) utilizes high temperature steam reformation to convert all plastic, paper, and human waste materials into useful gases. In the LOWR, solar thermal concentrators are used to heat steam directly to 600 C, after which the steam is mixed with a small amount of… More

Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Nitrous Oxide Micro Engines (NOME) are a new type of nitrous oxide dissociation thruster designed to generate low levels of thrust that can be used for RCS control in large satellites or as main propulsion in micro-satellites. Nitrous is the ideal propellant choice for RCS control in satellites due… More

Mars Regolith Water Extractor

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Mars Regolith Water Extractor (MRWE) is a system for acquiring water from the Martian soil. In the MRWE, a stream of CO2 is heated by solar energy or waste heat from a nuclear reactor and then passed through a vessel containing Martian soil freshly removed from the ground. The hot CO2 will cause… More

Regenerable Contaminant Removal System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,984.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Mark Berggren, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Regenerable Contaminant Removal System (RCRS) is an innovative method to remove sulfur and halide compounds from contaminated gas streams to part-per-billion levels in support of lunar oxygen production. A series of high efficiency sorbents sequentially removes contaminants at temperatures above… More

Nitrous Oxide Ethane Ethylene Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,660.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Robert Zubrin, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The Nitrous Oxide Ethane-Ethylene (NEE) engine is a proposed technology designed to provide spacecraft with non-toxic non-cryogenic high-performance propulsion. With the NEE engine, nitrous oxide is used as an autogenously pressurizing oxidizer, and a mixture of ethane and ethylene is used in the… More

High Performance Photocatalytic Oxidation Reactor System

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,880.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Henshaw, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Pioneer Astronautics proposes a technology program for the development of an innovative photocatalytic oxidation reactor for the removal and mineralization of Volatile Organic Compounds to extend crewed space exploration beyond low earth orbit. This novel technology, called the High Performance… More