Water-Based Thrusters for Space Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$800,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAH0103CR244
Agency Tracking Number:
02SB1-0294
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP. (ORBITEC)
Space Center, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Christopher St.Clair
Principal Investigator
(608) 827-5000
stclairc@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
President/CEO
(608) 827-5000
koffarnusl@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to develop a Stoichiometric Combustion Rocket Engine (SCORE) that would serve as the primary thruster for DARPA?s water rocket. The water rocket concept requires the development of a satellite power-and-propulsion architecture utilizingwater as a source of both chemical energy storage and propellant. The SCORE applies ORBITEC?s vortex cold-wall flow field to enable high-performance rocket operation in the harsh operating environment of stoichiometric H/O combustion. The Phase II programwill build on the successful results of the Phase I effort to develop successive generations of rocket engines with increasingly flight-like characteristics, culminating in a regeneratively-cooled, vortex combustion cold-wall engine that will be testedunder simulated space conditions near the end of the project. The Phase II program is structured to work toward the development in Phase III of a spaceflight SCORE to be used as part of a water rocket demonstration package.

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