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Petal Brake Hypersonic Entry System

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105190
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X9.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Andrews Space, Inc.
3415 South 116th Street, Suite 123 Tukwila, WA 98168-1978
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Petal Brake Hypersonic Entry System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CD56P
Award Amount: $99,867.00
 

Abstract:

Future NASA exploration plans will realize significant performance advantages with aerocapture and aerobraking of large, heavy payloads for Mars, Titan, and the gas giant planets. During a previous NASA LaRC funded High Mass Mars Entry System study, Andrews Space found that while inflatable aerobrake designs potentially offer the lowest-mass solution, they are challenged from the uncertainties of dynamic response of large soft structures at the sizes required, and from the risks associated with cleanly separating the lander/payload from the decelerator. A "Petal Brake" concept was introduced as an integrated hypersonic entry system design that addresses these issues. The design performs hypersonic aerocapture and entry maneuvers as a biconic aeroshell, then deploys to provide higher drag just prior to terminal descent and landing. It covers a wide range of EDL environments, is structurally determinate, with minimal aero-elastic issues, and with positive separation characteristics during jettison. During Phase I of this project, Andrews proposes to further advance the operational Petal Brake concept by designing and evaluating a point-of-departure petal-brake design for Mars entry, defining a potential test program, then generating a detailed subscale petal-brake design suitable for manufacture, wind tunnel testing, and high altitude deployment testing in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey H. Cannon
Principal Investigator
2064380609
jcannon@andrews-space.com

Business Contact:

Denise Masters
Business Official
2064380607
dmasters@andrews-space.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Andrews Space, Inc.
3415 South 116th Street, Suite 123 Tukwila, WA 98168-1978

EIN/Tax ID: 912103138
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No