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Low Cost >5000F ZrOC Based Miniature Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W91260-09-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: B073-024-0727
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-024
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-31
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ken Kratsch
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Edward A. Pope
Title: President, CTO
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

Newly developed advanced solid and liquid/gel propulsion propellants provide greater performance and efficiency, however, they also produce higher combustion temperatures. Current state-of-the-art materials, including silica and carbon phenolic structural TPS’s are not able to withstand these higher temperatures. The demand for higher temperature, lower cost, and weight savings in kill vehicles is driving the need for new, higher performance materials for these DACS components. This Phase II MDA SBIR Program will seek to demonstrate that our new low cost, very high temperature, non-charring, Zirconium Oxy-Carbide (ZrOC) structural insulator material can solve the material problems currently experienced on the OEM’s DACS divert valves. Using this material, we will scale up the process from lab scale to pilot scale and produce component parts. With Aerojet’s support, these components will be analyzed and tested for mechanical and thermal properties to meet component qualification requirements and will be subjected to ground testing. At the end of this Phase II we expect to be at a TRL 6 and ready to field a DACS full nozzle assembly qualifications test.

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