Advanced Materials and Fabrication Techniques for the Orion Attitude Control Motor

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CF79P
Agency Tracking Number: 080069
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811-1558
DUNS: 799114574
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John O'Dell
 Principal Investigator
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 scottodell@plasmapros.com
Business Contact
 Angela Hattaway
Title: Business Official
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Email: ahattaway@plasmapros.com
Research Institution
 Southern Research Institute
 Not Available
 P.O. Box 53305
Birmingham, AL, 35255
 (205) 581-2000
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Launch Abort System (LAS) for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) will provide a safe escape for the crew in the event of an emergency during launch. A key component of the LAS is its Attitude Control Motor (ACM). Recent testing of the ACM valve assembly has resulted in failure during hot-fire testing. These failures are believed to be the result of the molybdenum alloy component distorting during firing. Based on these results, alternative materials with higher temperature capability are needed for the ACM valve assembly. During Phase I, innovative electrochemical forming (EL-FormTM) techniques will be developed for producing ACM hot gas components near net shape. Both rhenium and rhenium coated graphite composite materials will be evaluated. PPI will partner with Southern Research Institute, a leader in the testing of advanced, high temperature materials, for the materials properties testing. During Phase II, ACM hot gas components will be fabricated and hot fire tested. In addition to rhenium and rhenium coated graphite composites, alternative materials such as molybdenum-rhenium and tungsten-rhenium materials will be evaluated.

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