Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it was awarded a contract by NASA to develop a novel additive manufacturing method to enable the use of multiple dissimilar materials in an additively manufactured parent part. “This additive manufacturing method will be especially beneficial for in-space thrusters and spacecraft structures,” said Chris Grainger, Vice President of Engineering for Parabilis. The goal of this work is to dramatically extend the economic and design advantages of additive manufacturing into areas where tolerances, available homogeneous materials, or print support constraints are insufficient for part production. “Our innovative approach should significantly advance the state of the art of additive manufacturing technology, not only for thrusters and in-space components, but for aerospace and general mechanical parts as well,” said David Streich, Parabilis CEO.
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it was awarded a Phase II contract by NASA to develop an innovative hybrid motor propulsion system utilizing its proprietary Aft-injection, Center Exhaust (ACE) design for use in a Mars sample return mission. “Sample return from extraterrestrial bodies is critical to the advancement of human understanding of the solar system, and is a core part of the NASA Science Plan,” said Frank Macklin, Chief Technology Officer at Parabilis. This Phase II contract will build on previous work in which a motor configuration was designed, assembled, and successfully hot fired. It will further address key risk areas for the Mars mission using a combination of material testing, subscale development, testing and analysis, and near full-scale development, testing and analysis. Design work will be conducted at Parabilis’ headquarters in San Marcos, CA. Cold flow and hot fire testing will be conducted at Parabilis’ test facility in Lakeside, CA.
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it entered into an agreement to provide engineering for the Landmapper B-C, a constellation of ten broad coverage satellites (weighing 10kg each) developed by Astro Digital in Mountain View, CA. The Landmapper B-C system will provide daily imaging of agricultural land at 22 meters resolution, providing extensive data for change analysis and trend identification. Parabilis will provide system engineering, commissioning, integration/test, and flight operations services for this important program. “We are thrilled to be working with Astro Digital,” said Terrance Yee, Chief Satellite Engineer for Parabilis. “The daily earth coverage and high-resolution imaging provided by their system is unprecedented in the commercial market, and a potential game-changer.” Landmapper B-C satellites are expected to launch starting in July of 2017.
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with Utah State University (USU), was awarded a Phase II contract to develop a low cost, high performance launch vehicle upper stage that uses hydrogen peroxide and a polymer fuel grain as propellants. Development of this upper stage will fulfill growing mission demands of the extensive CubeSat and NanoSat market by enabling dedicated launch for CubeSat scale payloads. The proposed “green-propellant” system offers significant advantages over competing technologies in the areas of cost, safety, and mission capability. This system will align with a variety of NASA goals and was designed to integrate directly into NASA Marshall’s NanoLaunch 1200 architecture but, due to the strategic choice of propellants, it can also adapt to other launch vehicle architectures with minimal changes to ground and flight mission operations. A prototype of this system was successfully test fired during Phase I; Phase II will be a full-scale development effort including the design, manufacture and test of a “protoflight” unit as a flight-capable propulsion system.
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it entered into an agreement to provide engineering for the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) developed by Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. The mission of CYGNSS is to advance cyclone forecasting and tracking methods by studying the relationship between ocean surface properties, moist atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation and convective dynamics. Parabilis will provide power system engineering, and flight monitoring
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it was awarded a contract with NASA to develop an innovative hybrid motor propulsion solution utilizing a novel bi-axial fuel grain design. This system will be significantly shorter than conventional hybrid motor systems, while still maintaining the traditional advantages commonly associated with hybrid rockets: safety, reduced complexity, and storability. This new system will leverage additive manufacturing for the rocket nozzle and injector system in order to decrease weight and part count, and is an ideal propulsion technology for a variety of sample return missions from Mars or other bodies with significant gravity wells.
Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc. of San Marcos, CA announced that it has signed an agreement with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to conduct propulsion-related tests of the fuel/oxidizer combination intended for a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) to be used in a future sample return mission. Parabilis will design and construct the test article, and perform a series of cold flow and hot fire tests at its recently commissioned test facility in Lakeside, CA. “Parabilis is very happy to partner with JPL on this effort, and thrilled to be part of JPL’s plans to travel to Mars and return a sample to Earth,” said Parabilis CEO David Streich. The tests are scheduled to begin in August of 2016.