Low-Cost, High-Temperature Launch Vehicle Structures

Period of Performance: 09/23/2015 - 06/30/2016

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road Array
Dayton, OH 45440
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

CRG proposes to evaluate MG resin systems for use in primary launch vehicle composites utilizing low-cost, unitized manufacturing processes facilitated by Smart Tooling and NONA Composite technology. In Phase I, CRG will work with Firefly Space Systems to identify key components where MG resin systems coupled with the unique manufacturing processes would provide the highest value in terms of cost reduction and launch vehicle performance enhancement. In conjunction with evaluating the applicability of MG resin systems for selected launch vehicle components, CRG and Firefly Space Systems will conduct a holistic analytical study on the potential cost savings using the unique manufacturing process and conventional resin systems to drastically reduce the cost to space. Phase II efforts will focus on the maturation of Phase I designs culminating in a prototype of the selected component reaching TRL between TRL 5 and 6.