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Lightweight Exit Cone for Liquid Rocket Engines

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, LLC
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Lightweight Exit Cone for Liquid Rocket Engines
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC89P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) J-2X engine will power the upper stage of the Ares I and the earth departure stage (EDS) of the Ares V, which will enable manned travels to the Moon and eventually Mars. Building on Apollo heritage, the J-2X is a derivative of the J 2 engine. One unique feature of the J-2X is its planned carbon/carbon (C/C) composite nozzle extension, which will replace the heavy metallic extension and increase engine performance. Currently, NASA and PWR plan to employ a Noveltex or Naxeco C/C nozzle extension from a foreign supplier on the J-2X. Plasma Processes Inc., with the support from ATK Launch Systems, proposes a program with the primary goal of demonstrating a domestically produced C/C composite nozzle extension for use on the J-2X. The specific objectives include evaluation of higher strength C/C materials and manufacturing methods, investigation of oxygen protective coatings and design of nozzle extension subcomponent. The team of Plasma Processes, Inc. and ATK Launch Systems offers a state of the art skill set that is uniquely suited to the Phase I program.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Butts
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Angela Hattaway
Business Official
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Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811

EIN/Tax ID: 631100320
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No