Electromagnetic Launching for Affordable Agile Access to Space

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,960.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-05-C-0108
Award Id:
73336
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-001-0353
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
328 West Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL, 32901
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
943748681
Principal Investigator:
Rainer Meinke
President
(321) 728-7543
rbmeinke@yahoo.com
Business Contact:
Millicent Ball
Grants Administrator
(972) 709-0220
penny@acm.org
Research Institution:
FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Robert A Merrill
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL, 32901
(321) 674-8043
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The project aims at developing a reliable and responsive electromagnetic launch system. In the proposed concept, a magnetically levitated sled is accelerated to a velocity of 7 km/sec by a high power linear motor system for the launch of samll payloads. A novel design of electromagnetic guide system with real-time feedback stabilizes the trajectory of the sled during acceleration. The launch object and the sled are aerodynamically and aero-thermally optimized to cope with the large aerodynamic disturbance forces and the heating at the high velocities towards the end of the guideway. The sled will operate in a helium atmosphere at reduced pressure to reduce the Mach number of the sled. Strong superconducting magnets on the sled enable a 2 inch clearance between the sled and the guideway, as well as between the sled and the linear motor rails. Augmentation coil actuators along the track will be used to provide the required stabilization forces. During Phase 1, a concept study will be performed and a the performance of the system will be modeled and optimized. During Phase 2 a test rig will be built, which allows to measure the aerodynamic and aero-thermal effects at the high speeds under various ambient atmospheres.

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