A Modular Minimum Cost Launch System for Nano-Satellites

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CA11C
Agency Tracking Number: 085308
Amount: $599,922.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: S4.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Whittnghill Aerospace, LLC
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208, Camarillo, CA, 93010-8544
Duns: 192734437
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Whittinghill
 Principal Investigator
 (805) 805-2297
 grw@whittinghillaerospace.com
Business Contact
 George Whittinghill
Title: Business Official
Phone: (805) 805-2297
Email: grw@whittinghillaerospace.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As minimum cost will be required for a dedicated Nano-Sat Launch Vehicle, a parallel staged, highly modular vehicle architecture is proposed for development. The principal advantage of a modular architecture for this size of vehicle is the single propulsion development for the boost stages at a relatively small scale. This approach drastically shortens development timelines and cost. A candidate launch vehicle with a cluster of seven identical modules would light 4 modules for the first stage, 2 for the second, 1 for the third, and fire 1 small spinning Apogee Kick Motor (AKM) for the fourth. Whittinghill Aerospace (WASP) proposes to refine the Phase 1 design of an all-composite, N2O-fed Hybrid Rocket Motor (HRM) propelled, 25 kg to LEO launcher. WASP will then build and fire the AKM, build and fire the core module HRM, then launch the full-scale core module as an unguided sounding rocket from a commercial range. At the conclusion of Phase 2, the technology will be at a TRL level of 6.

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