NASA Awards Space Propulsion Research Contracts To Five Firms

WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded contracts to five companies to provide
space propulsion systems technologies in support of research and
technology development activities at the agency's Glenn Research
Center in Cleveland.

Each of the five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts
provide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursement
competitive tasks with a maximum value of $50 million over the next
five years.

The companies selected are Aerojet of Sacramento, Calif.; ATK Mission
Systems of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation
of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Orbital Technologies Corporation of
Madison, Wisc.; and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. of Canoga Park,

The selected companies will perform work in six disciplines:
propulsion system design and trade studies; non-toxic chemical
propulsion systems; hypergolic propulsion systems; propellant
systems; electric propulsion and rocket-based combined cycle
propulsion systems.

The work will provide for the development of advanced space propulsion
technologies to enable missions with higher performance, reduced
cost, improved reliability and improved safety.

Technical challenges addressed include alternate propellants, thruster
performance, novel concepts, thermal control, cryogenics, propellant
and combustion product properties, chemistry, fluid dynamics and
advanced concept fabrication.

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Source: NASA

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