Successful demonstration of the adaptive venturi will have applications in any cost and weight saving efforts ranging from expendable and reusable launch vehicles to small spacecraft. Extending the lifetime and total impulse of DACS and RCS is a critical technology requirement for lengthening the duration of spacecraft missions. The adaptive venturi will provide for an advanced blowdown propellant feed system with lower pressure drop and increased useable lifetime, providing for longer missions that require orbit raising or station keeping.
The adaptive venturi can simplify propellant loading and priming operations for liquid propulsion systems in Air Force satellites and missile defense systems employed by the MDA, Army, and Navy. In addition to DoD monopropellant propulsion applications, the adaptive venturi will provide a simple solution for all high-pressure plumbing systems subject to rapid pressurization and water hammer. The adaptive venturi provides a compact in-line solution superior to valves and pipe extensions.