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Terrestrial Plume Impingement Testbed

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Masten Space Systems, Inc.
1570 Sabovich Street Mojave, CA 93501-1681
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Terrestrial Plume Impingement Testbed
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG50P
Award Amount: $72,769.00


Masten Space Systems proposes to create a terrestrial plume impingement testbed for generating novel datasets for extraterrestrial robotic missions. This testbed would allow rocket plume interactions with lunar, martian, and asteroid surface simulants in a fully instrumented, easy to access, and low cost environment using Masten Space's existing VTVL suborbital launch vehicles.The testbed will allow entry, descent and landing groups both inside and outside of NASA a low cost way of testing in situ regolith surface treatment, plume deflection, and ground effect mitigation technologies. The testbed will be optimized for testing ISRU based methods for launch/landing pad manufacturing such as optimal "paver" size and shape, life cycle management for pad materials, size and shape of hardened regolith bricks, and manufacturing methods. Phase I will include surveying potential users for requirements, conducting one simple "bench" test to validate those requiremens, anddocumenting an initial testbed design in anticipation of a Phase II proposal. During Phase I the testbed itself will go from TRL 2 to 5. Additionally the single bench test article will go from 3 to 6.

Principal Investigator:

Reuben Garcia
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Michael Mealling
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Masten Space Systems, Inc.
1570 Sabovich Street Mojave, CA 93501-1681

EIN/Tax ID: 202297098
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No