NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 Z9.01-9957
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Small Launch Vehicle Technologies and Demonstrations
PROPOSAL TITLE: Additively Manufactured Bimetallic Combustion Chambers for Small Launch Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc.
289 Dunlop Blvd, Bldg 300
Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1126
(256) 562-2191

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Joseph Sims
Joseph.Sims@asrcfederal.com
289 Dunlop Blvd, Bldg 300
Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1126
(256) 562-2191

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vivian Jacobs
Vivian.Jacobs@asrcfederal.com
7000 Muirkirk Meadows Dr, Suite 100
Beltsville, MD 20705 - 6351
(301) 837-3956

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Small Launch Vehicle Technologies and Demonstrations 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)
Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc. (ASTS) is pleased to present this proposal for demonstrating feasibility of an additive manufacturing (AM) approach for fabricating bimetallic combustion chambers. Our chamber design, which is applicable to future NASA small launch vehicles, exploits the combined capabilities of selective laser melting (SLM) and magnetic pulse welding (MPW), in order to reduce manufacturing lead time and cost and to improve quality through ease of inspection.
The benefits of such a design are substantial. First, it is well understood that for complicated components like a modern combustion chamber, an AM manufacturing approach can drastically reduce cost (by 50% or more) and lead time (weeks instead of months). Second, our particular design overcomes weaknesses of other additive designs by enabling easy inspection of the printed parts that otherwise would have to undergo CT scanning or X-ray inspection, which has proven to be exceptionally difficult for complex internal geometries like regenerative cooling channels and propellant manifolds. Third, our basic material and manufacturing approach is scalable to booster class combustion chambers at a rate controlled solely by scaling of the build volumes available in commercial SLM machines (which is occurring rapidly). In fact, commercial MPW systems are already being used in the automotive industry that can instantaneously weld parts of several meters in length.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Main combustion chambers for large and small primary propulsion systems for future launch vehicles. The basic technology could also apply to heat exchangers, waste water reclamation units, and other ECLISS components.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Main combustion chambers for large and small primary propulsion systems for future missile defense target vehicles. The basic technology could also apply to heat exchangers, waste water reclamation units, and air intake components.

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.)
Atmospheric Propulsion
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Propulsion
Launch Engine/Booster
Processing Methods
Spacecraft Main Engine
Surface Propulsion

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