NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 T1.02-9996
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Small Launch Vehicle Propulsion Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: ACE Booster

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, LLC NAME: University of Tennessee Space Institute
STREET: 2212 Harton Boulevard STREET: 411 BH Goethert Parkway
CITY: Tullahoma CITY: Tullahoma
STATE/ZIP: TN  37388 - 5583 STATE/ZIP: TN  37388 - 9700
PHONE: (931) 455-7333 PHONE: (931) 393-7351

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Paul Gloyer
paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
2212 Harton Blvd
Tullahoma, TN 37388 - 5583
(931) 455-7333

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Paul Gloyer
paul.gloyer@gtlcompany.com
2212 Harton Boulevard
Tullahoma, TN 37388 - 5583
(931) 455-7333

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Small Launch Vehicle Propulsion Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
GTL has been developing three transformational technologies that have the capability to disrupt the traditional launch vehicle paradigm. BHL composite cryotank technology provides a four times improvement over large Al-Li tanks, offering a 6 percentage point improvement in stage PMF. Superior Stability Engine is an innovative liquid rocket engine configured to maximize combustion stability margin while also maximizing engine performance. NORPS is a non-helium gas generator system that can be used to pressurize the propellant tanks for 1/3 the mass and 1/10 the volume of a comparable helium based system.
The Advanced Cryogenic Expendable (ACE) Booster design uses these technologies to achieve high performance and low cost in a small vehicle. When implemented in an optimized design, the ACE technologies offer revolutionary performance. In the proposed Phase I effort, GTL will perform a conceptual design study to assess the impact of design constraints on the implementation of the ACE technologies. From this, an optimized design will be developed. A technology roadmap will be created to show how the capabilities can be achieved in the near term.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The ACE Booster offers the potential for substantial performance gains and cost savings that will aid NASA's access to space. When developed and implemented in a launch system, the ACE Booster would reduce the cost of launching small payloads to orbit. The technologies used in the ACE Booster could also be applied to larger vehicles, decreasing the overall cost to access space.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
After flight validation, the ACE Booster could be used in a commercial small launch vehicle. The ACE Booster could also be reconfigured to serve as a military weapons platform and/or a hypersonic test bed. The technologies used in the ACE Booster could also be applied to larger vehicles, decreasing the overall cost to access space.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Characterization
Composites
Launch Engine/Booster
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Space Transportation & Safety
Structures
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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