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Novel Low Cost Booster Propulsion Development and Demonstration

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
11815 Littler Road Sandy, UT 84092-5758
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Novel Low Cost Booster Propulsion Development and Demonstration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CM27P
Award Amount: $125,000.00


The proposed contract effort is for the design, development and proof-of-concept demontration testing of a low cost, pressure-fed liquid rocket booster propulsion system concept. The contract focus will be on four key component technologies in the booster system; (1)composite propellant tanks, (2)pump-fed propellant heat exchanger, (3)self-cooled engine with altitude-compensating nozzle, and (4)annular liquid-liquid engine injector. All four components will be designed and built in subscale in Phase, and will be sized for later incorporation into sub-orbital flight test vehicle. The Phase 1 contract culminates with cold flow testing of the propellant feed subsystem, which is the most novel aspect of the booster. The proposed low-cost booster design also has a low impact on natural resources, and can utilize inexpensive, renewable biofuels. The raw materials used in the contruction of the booster do not include any expensive, exotic, or stategically sensitive substances. The prospect of reusability of most of the booster mass further reduces raw material and energy consumption per launch.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Moser
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Daniel Moser
Small Business Information at Submission:

Compositex, Inc.
11815 Littler Road Sandy, UT 84092-5758

EIN/Tax ID: 753079219
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall, Hovde Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-47907
Contact: Daniel Moser