Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R131
Agency Tracking Number: A032-2891
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-154
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
ORBITAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.(ORBITEC)
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Knuth
 Chief Engineer
 (608) 827-5000
 knuthw@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: koffarnusl@orbitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to develop a Constant Mixture Expulsion Tank System (COMET) to meet the Army's need for advanced gel bipropulsion tank systems the guarantee a constant volumetric Oxidizer-to-Fuel ratio. The benefits of the COMET result from the innovative mechanical linkage mechanisms developed by ORBITEC for maintaining constant volumetric propellant flow. The Phase I COMET development program will produce a series of detailed design studies of potential gel bipropulsion tank system configurations, including structural analysis, materials evaluation, testing of prototype mechanical linkage mechanisms, testing of prototype tank system configurations using water-based gel propellant simulants, the design of pressure relief systems to satisfy the Insensitive Munitions requirements, the preparation of three flight-like design alternatives for evaluation by the Army in Phase II, and detailed development, fabrication, and test plans for the Phase II effort.

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