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Commercial Space Panel Brief Case Study on 1 recent commercial space program and the work/design philosophy that drove low cost as well as success July 28, 2010. Dynetics purchased Orion Propulsion in December 2009, resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership.
Commercial Space PanelBrief Case Study on 1 recent commercial space program and the work/design philosophy that drove low cost as well as success July 28, 2010
Dynetics purchased Orion Propulsion in December 2009, resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership.Bringing Together the Strengths of TwoReputable Companies
Things you might ponder before starting a space company:
Is there really a sub-orbital launch market?
Why have so many space start-ups failed?
Is there an orbital launch market for US launch providers without the US government?
Can a US company compete in a world market without ITAR protecting certain niche markets?
How do you build a space company with little or no money or risks?
Multiple Space Start-ups Failed! Why?Major space company efforts fell short for various reasons i.e. financial, political, technical, management, market, other. How could I avoid these pitfalls?
These are only a few of the many that have failed.
No launch vehicles
Support all primes and subs on anything that makes fire and smoke or tests things that produce fire and smoke
Try to have a balance of customers i.e DoD, NASA, Commercial.
Embrace local technical customer 1st, then reach out
Don’t bite off more than we can chew-many lessons learned here.
Creative marketing is free-Press and PR are wonderful avenues to get message out.
Orion Propulsion Inc.
Rocket engines design, Fabrication, Fire and Smoke.
No launch vehicles!
Orion Propulsion Revenue and Market Distribution
Hot fire, cold gas, and cryogenic liquids
Coupon materials to full stage stands
Design, fabrication, and installation of test stands
Multiple reinforced test cells
Bi-propellant liquid, solid, and hybrid rocket engines
Mobile data and control trailer
Cryogenic propellant test rig
Water-cooled thrust chambers
Vacuum chamber with cold (LN2) walls and heat lamps installed for space environ/thermal testing
Tank burst cell and polycarbonate hydro proof/burst chamber
Portable test stands, test carts, and trailers for liquid and gas deliveryPropulsion:Test and Evaluation Processes and Facilities
Hot-Fire Test Cells
Bigelow contracted with Orion Propulsion to design and deliver forward end attitude control system (ACS) for Sundancer -- the commercial space habitat capable of supporting crew for 15 years
The ACS designed by Orion uses the hydrogen and oxygen bi-products from Sundancer's environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) to generate the propellants for the thrusters. The forward ACS will be used for both attitude manipulation and momentum wheel de-saturation.Bigelow Aerospace Attitude Control System
Less than 1 Pound
3 Pound Solution