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Light Weight Controllable Thrust Actuation for Innovative Propulsion System for…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA 09-001
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC
114 S.E. Parkway Ct., Suite 160 Franklin, TN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Light Weight Controllable Thrust Actuation for Innovative Propulsion System for Missile Defense Interceptors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-10-P-0052
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Lightweight Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS) can improve the mass fraction and specific impulse capabilities of propulsion systems for future MDA platforms. Proposed is the development of a novel DACS valve and actuator to provide improved capabilities for a wide range of future systems. DSM has teamed with a leading missile defense engine provider to produce a much lighter DACS system with high mass fraction. Compared to standard DACS, the new system will require less than 25% f the typical actuation force to control the same amount of thrust. Typically, reductions to control system mass, power and size follow the same reduction in force. Therefore, DSM anticipates requiring significantly less of the traditional controller mass, size and power in this new DACS system. The lightweight system benefits overall system response through faster reaction times and greater delta velocity. The savings in mass and power can be used to benefit overall system mass leading to either longer mission duration or lower amounts of propellant. DSM will demonstrate the capability of this novel technology with a cold flow test at the missile defense engine contractor's facility.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey S. Paine
Chief Manager

Business Contact:

Jennifer D. Sturgis
Accounting & Contracting Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC
205 Williamson Square Franklin, TN 37064

EIN/Tax ID: 621736146
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No