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NOFBX Single-Stage-to-Orbit Mars Ascent Vehicle Engine

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095695
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.08
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
1122 Flightline Street, #76 Mojave, CA 93501-1610
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: NOFBX Single-Stage-to-Orbit Mars Ascent Vehicle Engine
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA36C
Award Amount: $589,173.00
 

Abstract:

We propose the continuation of our research and development of a Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend (NOFBXTM) Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) monopropellant propulsion system for future use on a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) as part of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) architecture. This liquid monopropulsion system architecture is also readily scalable to alternative planetary ascent vehicles (PAV's) and sample return systems. Key areas of our proposed development and demonstration are in the nozzle miniaturization to support compact vehicle packaging into an MSR vehicle and use of a passive thrust vector control mechanism with three engines to avoid the necessity of a low temperature gimbal mechanism.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Mungas
Principal Investigator
3033032698
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com

Business Contact:

Greg Mungas
CEO
3036268819
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Firestar Engineering, LLC
1122 Flightline Street, #76 Mojave, CA 93501-1610

EIN/Tax ID: 010663015
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No