Low Shock Stage Separation System For The KEI

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0221
Amount: $749,628.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-024
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
1832 180th St. SE, Bothell, WA, 98012
DUNS: 086581902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hunter Golden
 Sr. Mechnical Engineer
 (425) 487-4020
Business Contact
 Tom Prenzlow
Title: General Manager
Phone: (425) 487-4020
Email: tom.prenzlow@systima.com
Research Institution
The Kinetic Energy Interceptor is under severe aerodynamic, thermal, and self induced loading during rocket motor staging events. Aerodynamic forces, propulsion spikes, and explosive separation events can induce unrecoverable pitching moments or damaging shock levels on sensitive payload components. Systima has designed a low-shock, missile stage release system combined with an active (pyrotechnically driven) stage separation system. The Systima low-shock, stage separation system provides a rigid missile stage joint and yet allows stage separation to occur under aerodynamic environments not practical with conventional separation systems. Systima Technologies, Inc. (Systima), has teamed with San Diego Composites (SDC) and CRAFT Tech. to design/develop the low-shock stage separation system. Systima is responsible for the overall program and the design/development of the stage separation of the system. SDC is responsible for evaluating, designing, and developing lightweight and rigid composite missile stage joint structures. CRAFT Tech is performing comprehensive Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis to define separation system requirements and verify stage separation performance characteristics. The program includes fabrication and test of a full size, stage separation system. The end point of the Phase II program is a verified stage separation design along with the necessary test results for direct insertion into the KEI program.

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