RHRC AWARDED NASA SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
2004 - Rolling Hills Research Corporation
has been selected by NASA for a $100,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
research contract. RHRC has teamed with Dr. William Murray and Dr. Thomas
Carpenter of California Polytechnic
State University at San Luis Obispo to develop a thrust vectoring system for
Aerospike engines create a free surface on the exterior of the plume that
optimizes its shape with altitude.
Aerospike nozzles with optimal
thrust vector control will provide added safety and improved capability to the
Dryden Aerospike Rocket Test project, as well as economic benefit through
the reuse of nozzles. Thrust vectoring and throttling capabilities will provide
control of flight regimes (speed, angle of incidence, transients, and other
flight conditions). In addition, flights with thrust vector control would have
less dispersion and therefore could be confined to a smaller test area, which
would improve range safety. An aerospike nozzle with thrust vector control
would be appropriate for future NASA single-stage-to-orbit programs.
Dr. Carpenter will be the Principal Investigator for this research program.