Integrated Thruster/Valve Seat for Divert Attitude Control Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N00178-02-C-1044
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0670
Amount: $69,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3620 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
DUNS: 877599274
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Foedinger
 Manager, Structures Group
 (610) 270-9700
Business Contact
 Robert Ciccarelli
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (610) 270-9700
Research Institution
"Solid divert attitude control systems (SDACS) for missile defense applications currently employ multiple thrusters welded to rhenium valves to control the direction and duration of thrust. These valves are expensive and time consuming to fabricate and arethe controlling factor for producing a deliverable SDACS unit. The proposed Phase I research program will develop and evaluate innovative material processing and structural design concepts for integrated, high temperature divert attitude control system(DACS) components. The focus of the proposed research is on the development, analysis and preliminary testing of integral rhenium thrusters and valve seats fabricated via an electroforming (El-FormO) process. Design trade studies will be performed toestablish a demonstration component design that will be hot-fired to demonstrate perfomance. Improved thruster design concepts employing integral insulation and high temperature composite structural overwraps will also be identified and evaluated as partof the proposed Phase I program. The proposed research offers significant benefits for BMDO in reducing costs and improving performance of DACS components for TMD and NMD applications. It is anticipated that the successful development and demonstration ofan electroformed Re valve seat/thruster design will lead to significant cost reductions in the production of high acceleration low-mass DACS components. The proposed manufacturing and desig

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