Integrated Thruster/Valve Seat for Divert Attitude Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00167-04-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0670
Amount: $727,773.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-006
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
3620 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
DUNS: 877599274
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Richard Foedinger
 Manager, Structures Group
 (610) 270-9700
Business Contact
 Robert Ciccarelli
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (610) 270-9700
Research Institution
High acceleration, low-mass solid divert attitude control systems (SDACS) for missile defense applications employ multiple rhenium thrusters with integrated diverter valve assemblies to control the direction and duration of thrust. These rhenium thrusters, valve seats and valve bodies are expensive and time consuming to fabricate and are the controlling factor for producing a deliverable SDACS unit. In order to meet MDA/Navy timelines for fielding a missile defense system, significant reductions in time and cost are desired. One approach for reducing component fabrication time and cost is to integrate components such as the thruster and valve seat. Under the Phase I SBIR program, DE Technologies, Inc. (DET) and its research partners, ATK/Elkton and Engelhard Corporation, have designed an integrated thruster/valve seat design and produced a near-net shape component using an Electroforming process. The proposed Phase II program will build on the Phase I research to develop, analyze, manufacture and test prototype integrated thruster/valve seat designs for representative SDACS configurations. The thruster/valve seat designs developed in Phase II will be specifically designed for EL-Form, rhenium production and hot-fired to demonstrate performance in a representative environment. The Phase II program will also demonstrate the ability to produce multiple, near-net shape thruster/valve seat components.

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