NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S4.03-8343
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Technology for Sample Return Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Electric Pump Fed Propulsion for a Liquid Bipropellant Mars Ascent Vehicle

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ventions, LLC
1142 Howard Street
San Francisco, VA 94103 - 3914
(415) 543-2800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Adam London
adam.london@ventions.com
1142 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 - 3914
(415) 543-2800

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Amit Mehra
amit.mehra@ventions.com
1142 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 - 3914
(202) 213-2846

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Spacecraft Technology for Sample Return Missions 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)
To-date, the realization of high-performance liquid bipropellant rocket engines for ascent vehicle and sample return applications 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 offering low-risk, electric-motor driven pumps for a MON-30 / MMH liquid bipropellant engine in the Mars Ascent Vehicle for significant performance, mass and packaging advantages over pressure-fed or solid / hybrid propulsion systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed pump-fed propulsion system has direct applications for the MAV and other sample return missions. The enabling technology also overcomes a generic challenge of providing on-board pressurization at the small-scale, thereby enabling a new generation of liquid bipropellant rocket engines in the 100-5,000lbf thrust class for other NASA applications such as lunar ascent / descent missions (precursor rovers, cargo, etc.), Near-Earth-Object (NEO) missions and outer planet orbit capture and insertion missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
These could include upper stage propulsion for small commercial launch vehicles; core upper stage propulsion for various DARPA programs; Lunar lander propulsion for commercial entities and orbital insertion engines / apogee kick engines for orbit circularization of commercial satellites.

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.)
Launch Engine/Booster
Spacecraft Main Engine

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