The proposed MAV RCS propulsion system incorporates new controllable solid propulsion technologies that can benefit NASA objectives for reducing cost and complexity of advanced propulsion systems, while maintaining the storability, robustness and performance flexibility of legacy liquid propulsion systems. The proposed RCS concept uses technologies developed for the DoD for essentially similar purposes, filling critical future gaps for system affordability, while providing the war fighter with advanced capabilities. Additional NASA technology applications include lower cost missile launch boost and post boost (satellite) deployment propulsion systems where life cycle cost and system affordability drive technology selection.
The new long duration extinguishable and re-ignitable solid propulsion technology has been in continuous SBIR DoD (MDA, USAF) development over the past 10 years for advanced missile defense interceptor propulsion and strategic missile Post Booster Propulsion System (PBPS) product applications. DoD production application includes: Standard Missile 3 (SM3) Interceptor SDACS Propulsion, SM3 Third Stage Rocket Motor ACS propulsion, Multiple Object Kill Vehicle Interceptor DACS propulsion, Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (Minuteman) Post Boost Propulsion and future Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile (FMB) Post Boost Propulsion.