Terrestrial Plume Impingement Testbed

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG50P
Agency Tracking Number: 105258
Amount: $72,769.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: X7.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Masten Space Systems, Inc.
1570 Sabovich Street, Mojave, CA, 93501-1681
DUNS: 784877610
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Reuben Garcia
 Principal Investigator
 (888) 488-8455
 rgarcia@masten-space.com
Business Contact
 Michael Mealling
Title: Business Official
Phone: (888) 488-8455
Email: mmealling@masten-space.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Masten Space Systems proposes to create a terrestrial plume impingement testbed for generating novel datasets for extraterrestrial robotic missions. This testbed would allow rocket plume interactions with lunar, martian, and asteroid surface simulants in a fully instrumented, easy to access, and low cost environment using Masten Space's existing VTVL suborbital launch vehicles.The testbed will allow entry, descent and landing groups both inside and outside of NASA a low cost way of testing in situ regolith surface treatment, plume deflection, and ground effect mitigation technologies. The testbed will be optimized for testing ISRU based methods for launch/landing pad manufacturing such as optimal "paver" size and shape, life cycle management for pad materials, size and shape of hardened regolith bricks, and manufacturing methods. Phase I will include surveying potential users for requirements, conducting one simple "bench" test to validate those requiremens, anddocumenting an initial testbed design in anticipation of a Phase II proposal. During Phase I the testbed itself will go from TRL 2 to 5. Additionally the single bench test article will go from 3 to 6.

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