NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- Z9.01-1994
 Small Launch Vehicle Technologies and Demonstrations
 Low Cost Nano and Micro Satellite Launch Stage and Automated Hypersonic Test Platform
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
1314 South Grand Boulevard, Suite 2-133
Spokane , WA 99202-1174
(509) 994-8577

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Mark Russell
1314 S Grand Blvd Suite 2-133 Spokane, WA 99202 - 1174
(509) 994-8577

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Mark Russell
1314 S Grand Blvd Suite 2-133 Spokane, WA 99202 - 1174
(509) 994-8577
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 4
End: 6
Technical Abstract

HyperSciences, Inc. is proposing is a robust, cost effective, automated hypersonic launch system and encapsulated projectile bus  capable of delivering small payloads to altitudes as high as 100Km. HyperSciences uses our proven, existing and patented Ram accelerator-based launch architecture and in-ground launch site based at Spaceport America to launch payloads at greater than Mach 5. This cost-effective launch vehicle enables cheap access to high altitude and space, providing on-demand launches. One novel feature of the Ram accelerator is a fully tailorable G-load profile with length and simple gas propellant selection. Because of the loads experienced during launch minor G-load toughening of existing payloads are only required, as a result a new class of tough, low-cost payloads will emerge to be able to be flown on this system. The reduction of cost and the ability to have on demand launch services will further strengthen and accelerate the developing small satellite and hypersonic test vehicle market. Some of the key innovations in this technology which allow the impulsive launch are:

Potential NASA Applications

Payloads could be flight tested on board the launch vehicle prior to being integrated into larger launch system. Exposure of the payload to the moderate g-loads of the impulsive launch would provide for an effective test of payload robustness. The  mass driver can be readied for launch in a matter of minutes which would provide game- changing responsiveness in satellite launch. The lifetime of satellites could be reduced because the cost & time to launch a replacement satellite would be very low

Potential Non-NASA Applications

By reducing the cost of building and launching satellites, satellite-based internet and communication everywhere on the planet would become more feasible. Many Nano or Micro satellites in orbit would also have many benefits in the arena of video monitoring, defense, agriculture, etc. The barrier to space access will be lowered both from an economic and a technological standpoint.

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