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Scorpius® Suborbital Rocket (SR-M) Expendable Vehicle Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-05-C-0143
Agency Tracking Number: F041-199-1199
Amount: $4,668,190.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-199
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-11-15
Small Business Information
401 Coral Circle
El Segundo, CA 90245
United States
DUNS: 118563519
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Blake Bartosh
 Senior Avionics Engineer
 (310) 726-4100
Business Contact
 Alice Wertz
Title: CFO
Phone: (310) 726-4100
Research Institution

Microcosm, Inc. is proposing to complete the buildup of the suborbital rocket (SR-M) vehicle and launch this vehicle within twelve months of the authority to proceed. The suborbital rocket SR-M can carry up to a 2,400 pound payload. The SR-M offers considerable flexibility and performance while achieving low mission cost. Variations of the vehicle can be created to form the core of various missions from the classic sounding rocket for science projects to the target programs to represent various missile threats. The SR-M will use the Scorpius® 20 klbf (vac) thrust engine, the 42-inch diameter all-composite propellant tanks, High Performance Pressurization System (HPPS), and a modified avionics suite of the twin-engine suborbital rocket of the Scorpius® SR-XM-1 previously launched. This effort will focus on MDA’s and other agency requirements for a low cost suborbital liquid vehicle to be used as a medium class sounding rocket or target vehicle. The SR-M represents an extension and scaled up version of the SR-XM-1 Suborbital Vehicle that Microcosm launched at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) WC-50 on March, 2001. The SR-M will use a payload fairing and 20 klbf engine injector supplied as government furnished equipment (GFE). The SR-M with the 20 klbf engine will also serve to fly and qualify the basic ablative engine technologies leading to the larger preliminary concept 80 klbf engine developed in Phase 1 of an SBIR with AFRL-PR/West.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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