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High-Performance, Pump-Fed Propulsion for Mars Ascent Vehicle Applications, Phase I

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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 optimizing a MON-30 electric pump previously built under an earlier NASA SBIR to offer further efficiency improvements, and to provide a competitive liquid bipropellant propulsion system as an alternative to the existing solid / hybrid propellant designs for a Mars Ascent Vehicle. More »

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