Accurate and Reliable Rocket Thruster Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-10-C-0128
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4007
Amount: $729,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-040
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
12130 Rancho Road, Adelanto, CA, -
DUNS: 126112387
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Mahaffy
 (760) 246-0279
Business Contact
 Eric Schmidt
Title: Vice President&COO
Phone: (760) 246-0279
Research Institution
The proposed research project will develop an innovative approach to develop and demonstrate the technology required to produce a highly accurate, repeatable, and reliable thruster for divert and attitude control applications that also meets Insensitive Munitions requirements. In order to reduce risk, the design draws on proven component technologies. The prototype thruster will have a nominal thrust of 6000 N with a total impulse of 90 N•s. In addition, the proposed design will be capable of performance level, growth to larger thruster values by a factor of four. The three sigma impulse repeatability will be 1%. The ignition delay will be no greater than 2.5 ms and have a 3 sigma repeatability within 5%. The action time will nominally be 15 ms and have a 3 sigma repeatability of 15% for the generic thruster. The feasibility of the proposed approach will be demonstrated in a series of hot fire tests during the Phase I research effort.

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