As I was looking through NASA’s recent small business selection announcement for propulsion-related projects, I have found that the space agency has selected 29 Small Business Innovation Research and 8 Small Business Technology Transfer proposals for funding.
The proposals cover a wide range of areas, including in-space propulsion for CubeSats to technologies for new launch vehicles. Several proposals are also focused on in-space propellant depots.
A list of the selected projects with links to the proposals follows.
I was conducting some research into Defense Department Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to see what space and rocket projects it has been funding. I found a group of SBIR Phase I contracts awarded by DARPA in 2015, most of them related to the XS-1 launcher program. I don’t think I’ve written about them previously.
In an effort to jump-start a stalled space tourism project, TGV Rockets is teaming up with Seoul-based Challenge & Space to “Americanize” the South Korean company’s rocket engine, Aviation Week reports.
AirBoss Aerospace chose the Chase 10 engine for its four-seat Proteus suborbital space vehicle in 2005. However, the project has been held up due to U.S. government concerns over foreign sourcing of the rocket technology.
“We’d like to Americanize the engine, and run it through tests with more U.S. content to eventually make it a U.S.-certified engine,” C&S research engineer David Riseborough told AvWeek.
TGV is leading the effort to obtain certification for the methane-liquid oxygen engine. The Oklahoma company is looking for contracts stateside; one possibility is the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s $70 million Fully Reusable Access to Space Technology (FAST) program, which is developing technology for aircraft-type operation.