NOFBX Single-Stage-to-Orbit Mars Ascent Vehicle Engine

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CA36C
Agency Tracking Number: 095695
Amount: $589,173.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
CA, Mojave, CA, 93501-1610
DUNS: 119834419
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Mungas
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 303-2698
 greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Greg Mungas
Title: CEO
Phone: (303) 626-8819
Email: greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
We propose the continuation of our research and development of a Nitrous Oxide Fuel Blend (NOFBXTM) Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) monopropellant propulsion system for future use on a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) as part of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) architecture. This liquid monopropulsion system architecture is also readily scalable to alternative planetary ascent vehicles (PAV's) and sample return systems. Key areas of our proposed development and demonstration are in the nozzle miniaturization to support compact vehicle packaging into an MSR vehicle and use of a passive thrust vector control mechanism with three engines to avoid the necessity of a low temperature gimbal mechanism.

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