HIGHLY REUSABLE SPACE TRANSPORTATION SELECTEES ANNOUNCED:

 

May 1996

NASA has selected thirteen proposals to begin cooperative agreement negotiations as part of its Highly Reusable Space Transportation (HRST) Advanced Study Project (CAN 8-4). The selected proposals cover a wide range of innovative and potentially significant concepts and transportation technologies, including: combination propulsion systems, combined cycle propulsion systems, launch assist systems, revolutionary on-board propulsion systems, highly evolved expendable launch vehicles, and cross cutting topics (including operations, manufacturing, and thrust augmentation. A list of selectees follows:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for "Prior Concepts, Technologies, and Policy/Economic Considerations Applicable to HRST Study." The principal investigator for this project will be J. Grey.

ANSER Corporation for "An Advanced HRST System Concept Definition and Assessment." The principal investigator for this project will be R. Chase.

Analex Corporation for "Low Cost access to Space Using Transverse Flux Electric Motors for Launch Assist of a Conventional Technology SSTO." The principal investigator for this project will be D. Geyer.

Auburn University for "Analysis and Evaluation of Potential Power Systems for a Reusable Electro-magnetic Launch-Assist System." The principal investigator for this project will be S. Merryman.

Auburn University for "A Light Gas Gun approach to Achieving First Stage Acceleration for the HRST Systems." The principal investigator for this project will be F. Rose.

Georgia Tech Research Corporation for "HRST System Concept Evaluation." The principal investigator for this project will be J. Olds.


Pennsylvania State University for "Control of Mixing and Combustion in Combined Cycle Engines." The principal investigator for this project will be C. Merkle.

Pennsylvania State University for "A Focused System Concept Definition Study of Revolutionary On-Board Propellant Systems." The principal investigator for this project will be R. Santoro.

Pioneer Astronautics for "Propellant Transfer Spaceplanes as a Means of Launch Assist." The principal investigator for this project will be M. B. Clapp.


Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute for "Very Advanced HRST Exploiting Off-board Beamed Power." The principal investigator for this project will be L. Myrabo.

Rockwell International/Space Transportation Systems Division for "HRST End-to-End System-Level Concepts Analysis." The principal investigator for this project will be J. Haney.

Rockwell International/Rocketdyne Division for "HRST Propulsion Option Study." The principal investigator for this project will be D. Levack.

University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa for "HRST." The principal investigator for this project will be J. Martin.

 

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