Analysis of Off-Design Considerations for Innovative Single-Stage-to-Orbit Configurations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20236
Amount: $494,509.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15825 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD, 20850
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas A. Mclaughlin
 (301) 935-5311
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
An existing hypersonic vehicle design code predicts EISP performance increases of 200-400 seconds over traditional single-stage-to-orbit configurations. If realized, such increase may have profound effects on the vehicle weight and maximum airbreathing Mach number. To date, these improved results have only been obtained for vehicles at a specified design point, and no off design analysis has been performed. The work suggested in this proposal takes the first steps toward assessing the feasibility of creating an off-design performance tool that is appropriate for conceptual design applications. As such, this tool should be capable of producing reasonable accuracy at a relatively high rate of computional speed. In addition, the suggested work also examines the feasibility of implementing the required variable geometry into the types of vehicle configurations that are created by the existing design code. Ideals and concepts for handling varible geometry considerations of a wide range of configurations will be proposed.

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