Mission Flexible, Low Cost, Suborbital Launch Vehicle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
19574
Agency Tracking Number:
19574
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
520 Huntmar Park Drive, Suite, 100a, Herndon, VA, 22070
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Rick Fleeter
(703) 709-2240
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
LACK OF RELIABLE, FLEXIBLE, LOW COST TRANSPORTATION FOR SMALL PAYLOADS IS A BOTTLENECK IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF SPACE BASED SYSTEMS. PACASTRO'S FAMILY OF ROCKET VEHICLES, EMPLOYING A CORE PRESSURE-FED, LIQUID PROPULSION UNIT AND ELECTRONICS AND SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED IN SMALL LOW COST SPACECRAFT PROGRAMS, WILL CUT IN HALF THE PRICE OF LAUNCHING SMALL SUBORBITAL AND ORBITAL PAYLOADS. OUR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOLLOWS A GRADUAL, STEPWISE PLAN. IN THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THE DESIGN, COST AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SUB-ORBITAL PA-1 VEHICLE WITH VERY HIGH CONFIDENCE AND FIDELITY. MAJOR RESULTS WILL BE A PDR LEVEL DESIGN PACKAGE, A USER MANUAL, DETAILED COSTING AMD A 1:10 SCALE MODEL. LIKE ALL PACASTRO VEHICLES, PA-1 EMPLOYS ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN LIQUID PROPELLANTS, ITS 60" DIAMETER PAYLOAD BAY EASILY ACCOMMODATES LARGE PAYLOADS AND CO-MANIFESTING MULTIPLE SMALLER PAYLOADS AND USES FLIGHT PROVEN COMPONENTS PA-1 PERFORMANCE IS COMPARABLE TO THE LARGEST SUBORBITAL ROXKETS, BUT IT REQUIRES ONLY A SINGLE, SIMPLE STAGE. IT'S TRAJECTORY, FULLY CONTROLLED IN SOFTWARE, CAN BE TAILORED TO EACH MISSION, INCLUDING EXECUTING MULTIPLE PAYLOAD INJECTIONS INTO DIFFERENT TRAJECTORIES. PA-1 ELIMINATES THE NEED TO MAINTIAN MULTIPLE SUBORBITAL ROCKETS AND TO CAREFULLY CONTROL PAYLOAD MASS AND BALANCE. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT WILL LEAD TO A FLIGHT DEMONTRATION PROGRAM OF THE PA-1 SUBORBITAL ROCKET UNDER THE PLANNED NEXT PHASE OF THE PROGRAM.

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