Garvey Spacecraft Selected for STTR Phase I Award to Fund Small Launch Vehicle

Garvey rocket launch in the Mojave. (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)
Garvey rocket launch in the Mojave. (Credit: Garvey Spacecraft Corporation)

NASA has selected Garvey Spacecraft Corporation and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) that will fund research into using 3D additive machining to produce a nanosat launch vehicle.

“The technical innovation proposed here expands upon early research into the viability of additive machining (AM) for liquid rocket engine components and other emerging capabilities to initiate TRL 6 flight test evaluations of candidate applications that could enhance the affordability of a small launch vehicle (SLV) booster stage,” the proposal summary states.

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