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Dual Use Catalytically Initiated Combustor (CIC) for Rocket Engine Ignition and…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105966
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
O2.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
K T Engineering Corporation
238 Business Park Boulevard, Building 23B Suite J Madison, AL 35758-7552
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Dual Use Catalytically Initiated Combustor (CIC) for Rocket Engine Ignition and Thruster Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE05P
Award Amount: $99,257.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal responds to subtopic O2.02 "Propulsion Technologies" and the stated need to develop component technologies that will lead to future propulsion systems that are reliable and have adequate performance without requiring excessive specialized handling equipment and procedures or needing to push materials and designs to the limits of their capabilities. We propose the development of a low part count and low energy Catalytically Initiated Combustor (CIC) that can serve as a rocket engine igniter as well as the basis for a family of low cost and highly reliable launch vehicle and satellite thrusters. We propose a 6-month Phase I program to 1) demonstrate reliable ignition and operation of our baseline CIC with hydrogen, methane, and propane fuels, 2) demonstrate reliable ignition and operation of our baseline CIC under cold gas inlet conditions, 3) demonstrate extended duration hot fire testing and durability of our CIC design over multiple ignition cycles, and 4) demonstrate rapid pulsed operation necessary for a launch vehicle or space craft thruster application. Under our proposed Phase I effort, we will also conduct a market survey of potential customers and define a flight weight CIC with maximum commercial utility as either an igniter or small thruster.

Principal Investigator:

Greg Saks
Principal Investigator
2564618522
greg.saks@kte-aerospace.com

Business Contact:

David Sisk
Business Official
2564618522
dave.sisk@kte-aerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

K T Engineering Corporation
238 Business Park Boulevard, Building 23B Suite J Madison, AL 35758-7552

EIN/Tax ID: 010707745
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No