EMPLOYMENT OF PBR PROPULSION AND SEEDED ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS TO ENHANCE IBM PERFORMANCE AND SIGNATURES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10374
Amount: $51,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Xerad Inc
1526 - 14th St/#104, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John V Landry
 (213) 458-6557
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
XERAD PROPOSES TO INVESTIGATE THE UTILIZATION OF THE ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTOR TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT KNOWN AS THE PARTICLE BED REACTOR (PBR) WHICH WAS BASELINED FOR AN AIR FORCE ASTRONAUTICS LABORATORY (USAFAL) STUDY FOR AN ORBIT TRANSFER VEHICLE (OTV). THE STUDY FOCUSED ON HYDROGEN AS THE WORKING FLUID. FOR AN ICBM APPLICATION, AN ALTERNATE PROPELLANT SUCH AS AMMONIA, WILL BE EMPLOYED IN ATMOSPHERIC PHASES. THIS TECHNOLOGY COUPLED WITH UNIQUE ULTRA-LOW DENSITY COATING MATERIALS FROM ANOTHER SDIO PROGRAM SHOULD GREATLY ENHANCE SUPPRESSIONOF BOOSTER SIGNATURES. ALSO, THE PBR TECHNOLOGY OFFERS LOWER MISSILE WEIGHT OR GREATER PAYLOAD FOR THE SAME WEIGHT. ALTERNATIVELY, THIS LATTER EXCESS PERFORMANCE CAN BE USED FOR DEPRESSED TRAJECTORIES AND/OR HYPERBALLISTIC SPEEDS. SCOPING ANALYSES AND CURSORY PRELIMINARY DESIGN WILL BE PERFORMED IN PHASE I WITH BASE CASE DESIGN AND DETAILED COST/EFFECTIVENESS STUDIES FOR PHASE II.

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