SPARKS, Nev., October 11, 2018 (SNC PR) – With its patented VORTEX™ engine technology, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one step closer to testing a brand new version of its low-cost, high-performance upper stage rocket engine. The VR35K-A, developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is a commercialized version of the VORTEX engine system. The team will provide a fully integrated engine, leveraging technologies initially developed under Small Business Innovation Research programs.
MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 10, 2015) – Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) wholly-owned subsidiary Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) recently completed successful testing and demonstration of three different propellant combinations for its existing 30,000-pound thrust vortex rocket engine. Completing this advancement in less than a year, ORBITEC is rapidly progressing its offering of engines for orbital maneuvering, upper-stage engines that ignite at high altitude, and small-to-medium-scale air and ground launch stage engines.
NASA has selected Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) for three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and one Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I awards for a high performance nano-launcher, miniature CubeSat propulsion, vortex propulsion technology, and a waste compactor.
The OBITEC proposals that NASA selected for negotiations include:
High Performance Nanolauncher (STTR with Penn State University)
An interesting item from the Wisconsin State Journal on a new rocket engine design:
Orbital Technologies Corp. received the first of two rockets that could someday send the Madison companyâ€™s fortunes sky high â€” or at least fulfill the dreams of its rocket scientists. The rockets â€” built by Garvey Spacecraft Corp., of Long Beach, Calif., and California State University at Long Beach â€” will incorporate a vortex rocket engine designed by Orbitec.