RHRC AWARDED NASA SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
April 6, 2006 - Rolling Hills Research Corporation
has been selected by NASA for a $600,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
research contract. This will be the second phase of the research program,
following a highly successful Phase I research program in 2005.
NASA selected a total of 14 STTR research proposals
from small high technology firms in 8 states. The goals of the program are
to stimulate technological innovation, increase the use of small businesses in
meeting federal research and development needs and increase private sector
commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research. The
program requires a collaborative research effort between a small business
concern and a research institution.
RHRC is 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.