Low Cost, High Performance Liquid Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-06-C-0034
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0536
Amount: $99,804.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-067
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-02-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-08-29
Small Business Information
1445 Lakeview Lane, Whitefish, MT, 59937
DUNS: 168168016
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Blaine Wright
 President/Mechanical Engineer
 (406) 862-9777
Business Contact
 Blaine Wright
Title: President/Mechanical Engineer
Phone: (406) 862-9777
Email: bwright@montcorp.com
Research Institution
The most significant hardware costs on a missile interceptor propulsion system are associated with the thrusters, for which there are typically four divert thrusters and four, six, or eight attitude control thrusters per interceptor. Reducing the cost of the valve/injector for the bipropellant thrusters will result in a significant reduction of the interceptor propulsion system. Current high-performance divert and attitude control thrusters have integrated valve/injectors, which currently have long lead-times and high cost because of the serial manufacturing steps inherent with the valve and injector sharing a common body. Cost reduction of the valve/injector can be accomplished through design without sacrificing thruster performance. While maintaining the benefits of the integrated valve/injector, a study is proposed to design, build, and test hardware where the valve body and injector face are fabricated in parallel. The integration of the injector to the valve will occur after the valve and injector bodies have completed their individual fabrication steps, including drilling the injector orifices. In addition to the cost savings afforded by the parallel manufacturing steps, this design will allow laser-drilling of the injector orifices, which will reduce injector drilling times significantly.

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