Novel Low Cost Booster Propulsion Development and Demonstration

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CM27P
Agency Tracking Number: 120219
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: T1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11815 Littler Road, Sandy, UT, 84092-5758
DUNS: 128908543
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Moser
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 502-4379
Business Contact
 Daniel Moser
Title: President/CTO
Phone: (801) 502-4379
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Daniel Moser
 610 Purdue Mall, Hovde Hall
West Lafayette, IN, 47907-47907
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 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The proposed contract effort is for the design, development and proof-of-concept demontration testing of a low cost, pressure-fed liquid rocket booster propulsion system concept. The contract focus will be on four key component technologies in the booster system; (1)composite propellant tanks, (2)pump-fed propellant heat exchanger, (3)self-cooled engine with altitude-compensating nozzle, and (4)annular liquid-liquid engine injector. All four components will be designed and built in subscale in Phase, and will be sized for later incorporation into sub-orbital flight test vehicle. The Phase 1 contract culminates with cold flow testing of the propellant feed subsystem, which is the most novel aspect of the booster. The proposed low-cost booster design also has a low impact on natural resources, and can utilize inexpensive, renewable biofuels. The raw materials used in the contruction of the booster do not include any expensive, exotic, or stategically sensitive substances. The prospect of reusability of most of the booster mass further reduces raw material and energy consumption per launch.

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