Neptune modular rockets for breakthrough low-cost space access

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$123,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CF01P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
114188
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
O2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1394 Barnes Street, Building #7, Mojave, CA, 93501-1673
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
849155999
Principal Investigator:
RoderickMilliron
Principal Investigator
(661) 695-0771
ios@interorbital.com
Business Contact:
RandaMilliron
CEO
(661) 965-0771
ios@interorbital.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Interorbital Systems is developing a new generation of modular, low-cost, rapid-response space launch vehicles. Interorbital modular rockets core element is the Common Propulsion Module (CPM).The CPM is a liquid rocket engine, propellant and pressurization section and aerodynamic faring integrated into a self-contained module. The liquid rocket engine is ablatively cooled and operates in a blowdown pressurization mode using low-cost, storable hypergolic propellants. Interorbital has successfully static test fired a 4,500lb thrust CPM main engine demonstrating combustion stability and throttling capability. Interorbital modular rocket systems were developed under the Minimum Cost Design paradigm and will deliver breakthrough cost reductions in space access. Cost reductions in propulsion are achieved by elimination of complex pressurization, ignition components, cooling, and propellant infrastructure normally associated with typical liquid rocket technology. Further cost reductions in the space launch value chain are attained by utilizing commercially available components and developing simplified manufacturing and operations minimizing need for capital intensive infrastructure and highly skilled labor. These unprecedented reductions in space access costs do not sacrifice performance or reliabiliy.CPM technology is scalable and readily configurable to suit numerous suborbital or orbital mission profiles. CPMs may be arrayed as launch vehicle first stage boosters or as unitary elements for sustainer and upper stages. Interorbital modular rockets are uniquely suited to support the emerging nanosatellite market while offering an American alternative for existing public and private sector space access requirements.

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