NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 S4.01-9017
SUBTOPIC TITLE: NanoSat Launch Vehicle Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Nytrox Oxidizers for NanoSat Launch Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Space Propulsion Group Inc.
760 San Aleso Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085 - 1445
(408) 541-1481

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arif Karabeyoglu
arif@spg-corp.com
760 San Aleso Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085 - 1445
(408) 541-1481

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 2 to 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Space Propulsion Group, Inc. proposes to conduct systems studies to quantify the performance and cost advantages of Nytrox oxidizers for small launch vehicles. This new class of oxidizers is composed of mixtures of nitrous oxide (N2O) and oxygen (O2) and has significant advantages over the pure oxidizers, some of which can be summarized as 1) higher density, Isp and safer operation compared to N2O, 2) non-cryogenic operation and ease of development of stable and efficient motors compared to LOX. Thus Nytrox is expected to be an important enabling technology for developing low cost, high performance NanoSat launch vehicles. The primary goal of the Phase I effort is to quantify the increase in the payload mass by changing the oxidizer from N2O to Nytrox for the upper stages of a small launch system. In the proposed effort the cost and operational issues associated with producing, transporting and storing the Nytrox oxidizers shall be also be quantified. The planning for the third stage motor development and ground testing that will be conducted in Phase II shall be started in Phase I. Technology Readiness Level ranges of 2-3 and 5-6 are expected at the end of the Phase I and II, respectively.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology aims to provide a high performance, safe, reliable and affordable propulsion alternative to the chemical systems that are currently in use. When it is fully matured, the Nytrox oxidizer technology would potentially have a wide variety of NASA applications which include:
• Main propulsion for orbital launch vehicles (all stages, can be used in hybrid or liquid rockets)
• Main propulsion for sounding rockets
• Thrust augmenters with throttling and shut-down capability.
• Main propulsion for Lunar and interplanetary missions
• In space propulsion (low freezing point)
• Orbit insertion modules that are throttleable.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
When it is fully matured, the Nytrox oxidizer technology would potentially have a wide variety of commercial and DoD applications which include:
• Main propulsion for orbital launch vehicles (all stages, can be used in hybrid or liquid rockets)
• Main propulsion for suborbital vehicles and sounding rockets
• Thrust augmenters with throttling and shut-down capability.
• Orbit insertion modules that are throttleable.
• High speed and/or high altitude target drones.

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