NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T1.01-9835
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Affordable Nano/Micro Launch Propulsion Stages
PROPOSAL TITLE: Torch-Augmented Spark Igniter for Nanosat Launch Vehicle LOX/Propylene Rocket Engine

NAME: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation NAME: The University of Alabama in Huntsville PRC / OSP
STREET: 389 Haines Avenue STREET: 301 Sparkman Drive, VBRH E-29
CITY: Long Beach CITY: Huntsville
STATE/ZIP: CA  90814 - 1841 STATE/ZIP: AL  35899 - 0001
PHONE: (562) 498-2984 PHONE: (256) 824-6000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Christopher M Bostwick
389 Haines Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814 - 1841
(661) 547-9779

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. John M Garvey
389 Haines Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814 - 1841
(562) 498-2984

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Affordable Nano/Micro Launch Propulsion Stages is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The technical innovation proposed here is the introduction of torch-augmented spark ignition for high performance liquid oxygen (LOX) / propylene rocket engines now in development for a future two-stage nanosat launch vehicle.
Spark ignition is critical for reliably achieving multiple in-flight restarts of NLV upper stage engines. In addition, this new capability will generate immediate R&D benefits through the streamlining of ongoing LOX/propylene engine testing. By replacing pyrotechnic charges that are the current state-of-the-art method for LOX/propylene engine ignition, spark igniters eliminate the need to install fresh units after each test attempt (a manually intensive and tedious process). Additional operational benefits from eliminating a category of pyrotechnics and ordnance will accrue in logistics and safety.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In the near-term, the application of this spark igniter technology to static fire testing to replace pyrotechnic devices will improve the efficiency of NASA-sponsored research investigating high performance LOX/propylene rocket engines.
Subsequent application in the upper stages of nanosat launch vehicles will enable multiple in-flight engine restart, a necessity for optimizing orbit insertion for CubeSat-class payloads.
Typical program users that will benefit from this capability include the CubeSat Launch Initiative and the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A two-stage nanosat launch vehicle now in development by GSC which features LOX/propylene propulsion will benefit directly with the application of this spark ignition technology in both stages.
Another candidate application is a derivative upper stage now in preliminary development for the DARPA XS-1 experimental space plane.

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

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