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Transfer Stage

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23PB497
Agency Tracking Number: 231067
Amount: $146,828.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_23_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-02
Small Business Information
1020 Industy Drive
Tukwila, WA 98188-4801
United States
DUNS: 117843215
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Gregory
 (253) 246-7182
 david@nfaero.com
Business Contact
 David Gregory
Phone: (253) 246-7182
Email: david@nfaero.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

A new class of liquid oxygen and natural gas (LOX/LNG) rocket enables a high-performance Orbit Transfer Stage suitable for launch on Venture Class launch vehicles. The engine, called Mjouml;lnir, is being developed by New Frontier Aerospace.nbsp; Mjouml;lnir uses a Full Flow Staged Combustion (FFSC) cycle in an innovative design enabling rapid Hohmann transfers between orbits.nbsp; The use of LNG dramatically reduces cost and carbon emissions, with NEGATIVE greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when sourced from the burgeoning renewable natural gas industry. The high thrust, light weight engine has a specific impulse higher than any of todayrsquo;s rocket engines other than hydrogen fueled rockets making it ideal for an Orbital Transfer Stage (OTS). Moreover, because the density of LNG is over 6X hydrogen the resulting OTS size is significantly smaller, with a much lower dry mass than a hydrogen fueled OTS.nbsp; The engine can support OTS gross weights from 3,000 to 20,000 lbs while still supporting very fast Hohmann transfers between orbits. These are reasonable sizes that can be launched by a wide range of emerging commercial launch vehicles in the Venture Class.nbsp;

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