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Modification of a Commercial NLV Booster Concept for Use as a Low-Cost Upper Stage for the XS-1

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911NF-15-P-0066
Agency Tracking Number: D152-008-0006
Amount: $149,306.89
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB152-008
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-10-12
Small Business Information
389 Haines Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814-1841
United States
DUNS: 004957598
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Bostwick
 Chief Engineer
 (661) 547-9779
Business Contact
 Mr. John Garvey
Title: program manager
Phone: (562) 498-2984
Research Institution

The opportunity exists to significantly advance the introduction of a low-cost upper stage for DARPAs Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) by leveraging Garvey Spacecraft Corporations (GSCs) on-going nanosat launch vehicle (NLV) development and flight test program along with focused composite tank and wireless data networking R&D being conducted by XS-1 contractor Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS).GSC has made substantial progress towards the implementation of a series of two-stage NLVs that are optimized for delivering cubesat and nanosat-class payloads to a variety of low Earth orbits. The NLV uses the high-density-impulse propellant combination of densified propylene and LOX along with composite cryogenic propellant tanks to enable simple pressure fed propulsion system/engine cycle. This architecture allows for lowered mission costs through the absence of turbopumps which reduces hardware costs, improves reliability, and simplifies engine start-up.The NLV booster stage designs are readily scalable to the incremental series of XS-1 upper stage test and operational missions.Furthermore, GSCs extensive experience in flight testing prototype stages and demonstrating TRL=6 maturity for critical technologies that include composite cryogenic propellant tanks, advanced engines and alternative cryogenic hydrocarbon fuels is applicable to conducting an aggressive Phase II flight test program.

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