An SBIR success story was recently published by the Air Force about the work performed by CFDRC to demonstrate a hybrid turbojet/ rocket propulsion system referred to as the Air-Turbo-Rocket (ATR). The objective of the SBIR project is to develop a small launch vehicle propulsion capability to provide responsive and affordable spacelift in Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) launch vehicles. The ATR’s multiple performance advantages have been verified via a prior Pegasus launch vehicle study and a Nano-Satellite Launch Platform (NSLP) proof of concept analysis. CFDRC is now in a position to support future nano-satellite missions demanding TSTO operations with an ATR-powered first stage booster for multiple customers. This SBIR project is managed by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate (West), Edwards AFB, California.
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