THERE WILL BE A CONTINUING NATIONAL DEFENSE NEED FOR LOW-COST SOLID OR LIQUID FUEL VEHICLES TO BE COMPLEMENTARY TO THE REUSABLE SPACE SHUTTLE.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 184
Amount: $54,048.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2065 Martin Avenue, #103, Santa Clara, CA, 95050
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Tom Dixon
Phone: (408) 727-1171
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THERE WILL BE A CONTINUING NATIONAL DEFENSE NEED FOR LOW-COST SOLID OR LIQUID FUEL VEHICLES TO BE COMPLEMENTARY TO THE REUSABLE SPACE SHUTTLE. SUCH EXPENDABLE VEHICLES, MUST BE CREATED FROM THE EXISTING FAMILY OF ROCKET MOTORS AVAILABLE TO THE ARMED FORCES IF DEVELOPMENT TESTS ARE TO REMAIN LOW. ASTROSPACE, INC. HAS DEVELOPED A ROCKET VEHICLE CONCEPT THAT COMBINES THE TRADITIONAL BENEFITS OF BUNDLING SMALL MOTORS TOGETHER WITH AN INNOVATIVE ROCKET NOZZLE TO PRODUCE A CLUSTER-BASED, VERSATILES SINGLE STAGE VEHICLE. THE KEY TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION THAT MAKES SUCH A VEHICLE COMPETITIVE WITH ITS MORE TRADITIONAL MULTI-STAGE COUNTERPARTS IS THE INTEGRATED N NOZZLE ASSEMBLY (TINA). TINA UTILIZES ONE LARGE NOZZLE TO PRODUCE A LARGE EXPANSION RATIO FOR THE HIGH ALTITUDE BURNING MOTOR (S) AS THE SAME NOZZLE FOR THE LOW ALTITUDE BURINING MOTORS. THEREFORE, IT APPEARS THAT A TINA\CLUSTER BASED VEHICLE COULD AFFORD THE USER AN ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW MOTOR\VEHICLE. ASTROSPACE PROPOSES THAT A PHASE I SBIR CONTRACT BE ISSUED TO IDENTIFY THE KEY NOZZLE AND VEHICLE DESIGN ELEMENTS AND THEIR INTERACTIONS IN THIS UNIQUE CONFIGURATION, RESULTING IN A BASELINE VEHICLE TO BE THE SUBJECT OF A PHASE II RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORT.

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