Demonstration and Analysis of Reusable Launch Vehicle Operations

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$95,136.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-05-M-3010
Award Id:
73123
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-201-0061
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
389 Haines Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90814
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004957598
Principal Investigator:
John Garvey
Project Manager
(714) 659-6930
jmgarvey@garvspace.com
Business Contact:
John Garvey
CEO / President
(714) 658-6930
jmgarvey@garvspace.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The increased use of reusable systems continues to be one of the most promising options for creating advancements in the daily maintenance of rocket systems, lowering hours for preparation and diminishing expenses for preparation. However, since the end of the DC-X/XA Delta Clipper program, flight testing of candidate reusable launch vehicle (RLV) designs, technologies and operations has come to a halt. This project provides an opportunity to quickly jump-start domestic RLV flight-based test and evaluation through the innovative use of an proven test vehicle design that has already been developed and flown by a joint industry-academic team. By leveraging previous design and development efforts, flight testing will actually commence in Phase I. This research will focus on conducting a rapid (i.e. - same day) turn-around between flights to identify and assess key operational factors. A subsequent Phase II vehicle would incorporate lessons learned from these initial demonstrations, along with more advanced technologies to expand the RLV flight research envelope. It could also serve as a prototype for an operational RLV that might eventually replace the expendable first stage(s) of small launch vehicles (SLVs) now in development.

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