Advanced Hybrid Rocket Motor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-07-C-0163
Award Id:
78345
Agency Tracking Number:
053-0587
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
Martin Chiaverini
Principal Propulsion Engi
(608) 827-5000
chiaverinim@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
Eric Rice
President and CEO
(608) 827-5000
knaufs@orbitec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ORBITEC proposes to continue the development of MAELSTROM, an advanced hybrid rocket motor, to meet the demands of highly flexible boost propulsion for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense applications. Key MAELSTROM features include: versatile energy management, high propulsive performance, inherent safety of a hybrid, non-toxic and insensitive propellants, and a long-term storable system. The benefits of MAELSTROM result from the synergistic combination of ORBITEC's innovative approaches to high-performance hybrid rocket motors. A vortex oxidizer injector generates a coaxial, bi-directional flow field that drives extremely high solid-fuel regression rates, allowing for short, compact fuel grain design with aspect ratios as low as one to be achieved. In the mature MAELSTROM, solid fuel regression rate sensors will provide feedback to the closed-loop oxidizer controller. In addition to high mass fraction and high combustion efficiency, MAELSTROM will provide safe, highly-flexible boost propulsion with deep throttling capability for large thrust turndown ratios and efficient energy management.

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