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Warm Gas Pressurization System (WGPS) Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0135
Agency Tracking Number: 053-1452
Amount: $999,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-067
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-04-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-04-23
Small Business Information
5925 Indian Pointe Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93063
United States
DUNS: 964774574
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jim McKinnon
 Owner/Research Scientist
 (805) 577-8771
Business Contact
 Jim McKinnon
Title: Owner/Research Scientist
Phone: (805) 577-8771
Research Institution

Improving performance, safety, and cost of Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS) is important to future, cost-effective deployed missile defense systems. Bi-propellant liquid propellant DACS achieve the highest specific impulse compared to solid systems, but in limited volume systems, packaging efficiency can limit available total impulse. High-pressure storage bottles used for tank pressurization also limit the minimum storage factors of safety. Results of the Phase I research analysis showed that by replacing a helium pressurization system with a simple pump-fed system, total impulse was increased by over 40%. Critical components proposed for demonstration are the pump and hydrazine-blend fueled bipropellant thruster.

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