Low cost access to space is essential for continued commercial exploitation of near-earth environments, and to support future science missions. A serious limitation on the cost of space access is the available propellants and propulsion system technologies for launch, orbital insertion, maneuvering and orbital reinsertion, and reaction and attitude control.This Phase I STTR program will validate ignition and performance parameters for a volumetrically-optimized, low cost, green, shippable hybrid propellant motor for low cost access to space. The program is specifically targeted at validating performance via fabrication and delivery of replacements for the current Nihka and PSRM-120 stages (stage 2 and 3) based on the Black Brandt sounding rocket vehicle testbed under the Nanolaunch 1200 program guidelines.
Potential NASA applications include: SmallSat propulsion, CubeSat launch, upper stage Booster stage propulsion, in-space propulsion, orbital entry/re-entry, and Mars ascent.
Potential Non-NASA Commercial Applications include commercial and university research SmallSat and CubeSat launch and propulsion, sensing satellites for weather and other applications, and small communications satellites.