Low Cost Carbon-Carbon Rocket Nozzle Development

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,672.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX11CG14P
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
105901
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.02
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
CA, Mojave, CA, 93501-1610
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
119834419
Principal Investigator
 Greg Mungas
 Principal Investigator
 (661) 755-8819
 greg.mungas@firestarz.com
Business Contact
 Gregory Peters
Title: Business Official
Phone: (661) 860-1088
Email: greg.peters@firestarz.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This development will provide an inexpensive vacuum nozzle manufacturing option for NOFBX<SUP>TM</SUP> monopropellant systems that are currently being developed under NASA SBIR funding. NOFBX<SUP>TM</SUP> is non toxic and utilizes a much simpler monopropellant feed system architecture. Furthermore NOFBX<SUP>TM</SUP> meets the criteria for a non-toxic propellants that will meet NASA's performance targets (as indicated by high specific impulse and high specific impulse density) while improving safety and reducing handling operations as compared to current state-of-the-art hydrazine-based propellants. During the proposed effort we will develop CC composite in-space nozzles for use on 100lbf class NOFBX<SUP>TM</SUP> thrusters.We have built the first CC composite rocket nozzle prototype that does not require autoclaving or CVD/CVI processes. In fact our process is more akin to typical carbon fiber lay-up standards than that of typical CC composites manufacturing methods.

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