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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$589,173.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA36C
Agency Tracking Number:
095695
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
CA, Mojave, CA, 93501-1610
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119834419
Principal Investigator:
Greg Mungas
Principal Investigator
(303) 303-2698
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Business Contact:
Greg Mungas
CEO
(303) 626-8819
greg.mungas@firestar-engineering.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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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