NLV Upper Stage Development and Flight Testing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CM01C
Agency Tracking Number: 150037
Amount: $749,341.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: T1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
389 Haines Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90814-1841
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Bostwick
 Director
 (661) 547-9779
 cbostwick@garvspace.com
Business Contact
 John Garvey
Title: Business Official
Phone: (562) 498-2984
Email: jmgarvey@garvspace.com
Research Institution
 University of Alaska Fairbanks
 Andrew Gray
 903 Koyukuk Drive
Fairbanks, AK, 99775-7320
 (907) 474-1851
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Our Phase I results include a preliminary design for an advanced nanosat launch vehicle (NLV) upper stage that features several advanced propulsion technologies, as well as extensive empirical data from a series of pathfinding operations conducted at both the Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska on Kodiak Island and the Poker Flat Research Range. For Phase II, we are taking major steps, such as building a prototype upper stage, static fire testing it, and conducting another round of pathfinding operations at Kodiak in pursuit of an opportunity to manifest such a prototype stage on a suborbital flight test. Key technologies include LOX/densified propylene propulsion system, liquid rocket engine featuring a 3D additively manufactured injector, pyro-free mechanisms, and use of elements of NASA's Autonomous Flight Termination Unit. Our RI - University of Alaska Fairbanks - will continue to support the evaluation of UAS utilization for range services like telemetry acquisition.

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