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Affordable Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Reaction Control System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0149
Agency Tracking Number: 174117
Amount: $749,932.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z9
Solicitation Number: SBIR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-26
Small Business Information
160 Blue Ravine Road, Suite B
Folsom, CA 95630-4718
United States
DUNS: 793187670
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Russell Carlson
 (707) 696-5354
Business Contact
 Joseph Viola
Phone: (916) 760-3603
Research Institution

Due to the rapid maturity of small satellite technologies to meet near term commercial, science and military space applications there is a driving need for development of increased affordable space launch system capability. To address this need, Valley Tech Systems is proposing a SBIR Phase II development of a new solid propulsion Reaction Control System (RCS) that leverages over 12 years and $12M of parallel MDA and USAF controllable solid propulsion missile interceptor and strategic deterrent propulsion technology investments. This new technology will replace older, heavier and less preforming Cold Gas ACS products providing NASA and future launch system providers with increased capability with improved affordability. Our solid RCS is applicable to both a future commercial booster flyout Attitude Control System (ACS) applications and future Post Boost Propulsion System (PBPS) payload delta-v and ACS providing increased satellite orbital insertion accuracies. The Phase II program will mature the new solid RCS technology to a TRL-6 ready for insertion into follow-on commercial launch system integration and flight testing. The result is a new affordable solid RCS that fills an identified critical technical gap for future affordable access to space.

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