NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S5.04-9735
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Technologies for Low Mass Mars Ascent Vehicles (PAV)
PROPOSAL TITLE: Small, Light-Weight Pump Technologies for Mars Ascent Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ventions, LLC
818 Duncan Street
San Francisco, CA 94131 - 1832
(415) 543-2800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Adam London
818 Duncan Street
San Francisco, CA 94131 - 1832
(415) 543-2800

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
To-date, the realization of high-performance liquid bipropellant rocket engines in the micro-scale has largely been hindered by the inability to obtain "on-board" pressurization through a light-weight and low-complexity pump. Ventions seeks to fulfill this critical need by proposing the development of a low-risk and low-cost pump that can be either be integral to the thrust chamber, or inserted in a modular manner with existing system components to provide significant performance improvements for Mars Ascent Vehicles.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed pump concept overcomes a key challenge of providing on-board pressurization for high-performance rocket engines, especially in the micro-scale. Hence, upon eventual integration with complete propulsion systems (thrust chamber, valves / tanks, etc.), it serves as critically-enabling technology for a new generation liquid bipropellant rocket engines in the 50-100lbf thrust class, with T/W ratios of 150-200, and an Isp of ~330 sec. These engines may batch-fabricated in a cost-effective manner and modularly stacked to cover a wide range of NASA applications, including MARS sample return missions, nanosat launch vehicles, lunar ascent / descent missions (precursor rovers, cargo, etc.), and Near-Earth-Object missions (sample return, drill reaction for sample implantation, etc.).

Additionally, the proposed pump may itself be scaled-up to provide cost and simplicity benefits to existing missions utilizing conventional turbopumps.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA applications for high-performance micro-rocket engines enabled by the proposed pump technology are likely to include commercial / military launch vehicles for low-cost and on-demand access to space for a variety of micro / small satellite payloads, upper stage propulsion for orbit insertion of commercial satellites, and apogee kick motors for orbit circularization of commercial satellites, etc.

Additionally, the pump itself is expected to have non-aerospace applications in industrial pumping settings, and small-scale, high-pressure liquid pumps, etc.

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Feed System Components
Fluid Storage and Handling

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