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A Green, Safe, Dual-Pulse Solid Motor for CubeSat Orbit Changing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX14CM35P
Agency Tracking Number: 145246
Amount: $124,849.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-19
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tim Manship
 (775) 851-4443
Business Contact
 Wayne Sawka
Title: Business Official
Phone: (775) 851-4443
Research Institution

Small satellites such as CubeSats are in need of responsive propulsion, but are limited due to their size. Though single pulse, AP/HTPB fueled solid rocket motors exist in the market, greater mission flexibility is to be had from a motor with the capability of a second ignition in the same volume constraints. Digital Solid State Propulsion (DSSP) proposes research into the technology to not only to enable a second pulse from a high thrust solid rocket motor, but also into a safer class of propellants called Electric Solid Propellants (ESPs). A barrier system, developed on other DSSP programs, would be the stepping stone for the dual pulse ability of the motor. The ESPs are a group of propellants that are electrically ignited, but safer to handle compared to standard solid energetic propellants. For in-space use, Aluminized variant of ESP would be improved and utilized for this application. Phase I funding would allow for the advancements of these technologies to a TRL 3. Then following basic research and design goals of a Phase I contract, a Phase II contract would allow the design and test of an integrated Delta-V and ACS propulsion into a 1U module at TRL 6.

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