A Modular Minimum Cost Launch System for Nano-Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,922.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA11C
Award Id:
90526
Agency Tracking Number:
085308
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
265 Durley Avenue, Suite 208, Camarillo, CA, 93010
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
192734437
Principal Investigator:
GeorgeWhittinghill
Principal Investigator
(805) 805-2297
grw@whittinghillaerospace.com
Business Contact:
GeorgeWhittinghill
Business Official
(805) 805-2297
grw@whittinghillaerospace.com
Research Institute:
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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