NASA STTR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- T1.01-3842
 Affordable Nano/Micro Launch Propulsion Stages
 Refractory Additively Manufactured Affordable Launch Vehicle RCS
Name:   Valley Tech Systems, Inc.
Name:   The University of Texas at El Paso
Street:  160 Blue Ravine Road, Suite B
Street:  Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research, 500 W.
City:   Folsom
City:   El Paso
State/Zip:  CA  95630-4718
State/Zip:   TX 79968 - 0521
Phone:  (916) 990-8736
Phone:   (915) 747-6905

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christopher Smith
160 Blue Ravine Road, Suite B Folsom, CA 95630 - 4718
(916) 760-4453

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joseph Viola
160 Blue Ravine Road, Suite B Folsom, CA 95630 - 4718
(916) 760-3603
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 4
Technical Abstract

Due to the rapid maturity of small satellite technologies to meet near term commercial, science and military space applications there is a driving need for development of increased affordable space launch system capability.  To address this need, Valley Tech Systems and the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) is proposing evolving our innovative Affordable Launch Vehicle Reaction Control System (ALV-RCS) through applying advanced refractory additive manufacturing (RAM) production technologies to titanium-zirconium-molybdenum (TZM) alloy with a goal of reducing the ALV RCS cost by 25% and weight by 20% which will support the progressive development of affordable small spacecraft launch systems. This new refractory additive manufacturing technology will replace older, heavier and less preforming Cold Gas ACS products providing NASA and future launch system providers with increased capability with improved affordability. Our solid RCS is applicable to both a future commercial booster flyout Attitude Control System (ACS) applications and future Post Boost Propulsion System (PBPS) payload deltav and ACS providing increased satellite orbital insertion accuracies. The Phase II program will mature the new solid RCS technology to a TRL-6 ready for insertion into follow-on commercial launch system integration and flight testing. The result is a new affordable and higher performing solid RCS that fills an identified critical technical gap for future affordable access to space.

Potential NASA Applications

VTS has identified potential insertion of this technology for a reaction control system on future commercial low-cost launch vehicles. 

Other near-term applications that can leverage this innovation:

Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD)

HIAD for United Launch Alliance (HULA)

Towed Glider AirLaunch System (TGALS)

Mars Ascent Vehicle Reaction Control System (MAV RCS)

Lunar/Mars Landers

Large booster systems

Low Earth orbit smallsats

Deep-space smallsats

Non-propulsive gas generators

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The new refractory additive manufacturing technology can be applied to applications such as:

Next generation kinetic energy Kill Vehicles for the Missile Defense Agency and Navy

Future USAF Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Post Boost Propulsion and booster Roll Control System applications

Hypersonic steering for U.S. Army and DARPA

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