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Arcjet Segment Development

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67863
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-287-1101
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sierra Lobo, Inc.
102 Pinnacle Drive Fremont, OH 43420-2448
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Arcjet Segment Development
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9101-04-M-0012
Award Amount: $99,986.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR-sponsored research and development will create a simple, cost-effective, and reliable fabrication process to construct arc heater constrictor segments. Currently, a single company, utilizing a proprietary, sophisticated process, which still results in a significant failure rate, fabricates nearly all such segments. This proposal offers several design concepts to be considered in Phase I, some of which have already been tested in operating arc heaters. Prototype segments demonstrating these alternatives will be designed, constructed, and evaluated to determine the optimal design and construction procedure, which may be dependent on required performance objectives. The improved design resulting from this R&D effort will not only reduce costs, likely by eliminating the costly furnace brazing with a much simpler and more straightforward e-beam welding process, but it will also allow segments to be manufactured by a much wider selection of vendors, permitting competition and mitigating procurement conflicts due to having a sole source. Sierra Lobo's arc heater system expertise gained in the NASA Ames Research Center Arc Jet Complex, high-performance thermal and mechanical test system design experience, flight-hardware machining capabilities, and relationships with important arc jet developers make it uniquely qualified to undertake this project.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy K. Risch
Mechanical Engineer
6506046661
trisch@sierralobo.com

Business Contact:

George A. Satornino
President
4194999653
gsatornino@sierralobo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SIERRA LOBO, INC.
426 Croghan Street Fremont, OH 43420

EIN/Tax ID: 341759655
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No