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NOFBX™ Engine Integration Feasibility Analysis on the International Space Station

Contract Details: 2011-2013 NASA ISS National Lab Broad Area Announcement
Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas (Firestar/ISPS)
Program Manager: Brian Rishikof (Odyssey Space Research/ISPS)

Firestar Technologies™ has been awarded a commercial subcontract through its NOFBX commercialization affiliate, Innovative Space Propulsion (ISP) Systems (www.ispsllc.com) to support developing an NOFBX propulsion experiment for flight on the International Space Station. As part of this contract, Firestar will work with ISPS and partner organizations to develop NOFBX propellant and flight hardware and help produce a qualification and acceptance test program for qualifying NOFBX systems for use on and in proximity (e.g. for visiting vehicles) to the International Space Station.
Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.

NOFBX Single-Stage-to-Orbit Mars Ascent Vehicle Engine

Contract Details: 2010-2012 NASA Dryden/JPL Phase I/II SBIR
Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

Firestar Technologies™ has been awarded NASA contracts to research, develop, and test a compact, restartable, throttle-able, thrust-vectorable, Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO), NOFBX ascent engine for application to NASA's Science Mission Directorate's Mars Sample Return (MSR) Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.


NOFBX® Single-Stage-to-Orbit Mars Ascent Vehicle Engine

Low-Energy Electronic Ignition System for NOFBX™ Thrusters

Contract Details: 2012 NASA SBIR Phase I
Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas
Program Manager: Blair Thompson (Firestar/Odyssey)

Firestar Technologies™ has been awarded a Phase I contract to explore the physics of low energy, electronic spark ignition of NOFBX™ propellants over a range of operating conditions. Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.


NOFBX Lunar Ascent Stage and Attitude Control Thruster Options for NASA Altair Lunar Lander

Contract Details: 2008 subcontract from Odyssey Space Research, LLC in support of NASA Altair BAA work

Odyssey Space Research, LLC has baselined Firestar Technologies™’ NOFBX monopropulsion systems for a lunar lander ascent main engine, lunar lander descent RCS thrusters, and ascent RCS thrusters for the Altair Lunar Lander Vehicle as part of their response to the Altair industry architecture studies. Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.



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High Performance NOFBX Monopropellant Thruster Development

Contract Details: 2008-2010 NASA Johnson Space Center/Glenn Research Center/Marshall Space Flight Center Phase I/II SBIR

Principal Investigator:  David Fisher

Continuing on previous NOFBX development, Firestar Technologies™ has been researching and developing an NOFBX 100lbf class high temperature thruster that can operate continuously or with pulsed flows of gas-phase/two-phase/liquid propellants. Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.


Gas Jet-Lift Vacuum Excavation in Conjunction with Honeybee Robotics

Contract Details: Subcontract from Honeybee Robotics in support of 2007-2009 NASA Kennedy Space Center Phase I/II SBIR

Principal Investigator: Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics)
Institutional Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas


Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation
teamed with Firestar Technologies™ to investigate NOFBX rocket and gas jet lift excavation of planetary regoliths and gas/solids two-phase flows in very low pressure environments.
Go to Gas Jet-Lift Vacuum Excavation page.

Europa Ice-Rocket Impingement Interactions Study

Contract Details: 2008 subcontract from Arizona State University in support of a graduate student thesis project

Principal Investigator:  David Fisher

Firestar Technologies™ conducted NOFBX monopropellant plume impingement testing on simulated Europa ice to examine feasibility of a soft land scientific probe on the water ice surface of Europa. Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.


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Mars Technology Program NOFBX Monopropellant Development

Contract Details: 2005-2007 NASA Mars Advanced Technology Program Low Cost Propulsion Technologies

Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

Firestar Technologies™ invented, developed, and characterized NOFBX non-toxic, high performance, low temperature, self-pressurizing, monopropellants for use in rocket thruster, gas generator, and power applications. Go to NOFBX Monopropulsion page.

Mars Technology Program SILVRCLAW Development

Contract Details: 2005-2007 NASA Mars Advanced Technology Program Advanced Mobility

Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

Firestar Technologies™ invented, developed, and tested inflatable rigidizable rover wheels in collaboration with Proto-Innovations (Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute spin-off). These inflatable/rigidizable materials can ultimately be deployed with NOFBX gas generators. Go to SILVRCLAW page.


Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy for Biogenic Trace Gas Detection with High Temporal Resolution

Contract Details: 2004-2006 NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID)Program

Principal Investigator: Chris Dreyer, Colorado School of Mines
Institutional Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

In collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines, Firestar Technologies™ invented, developed the theoretical tools, and demonstrated the first use of cavity ringdown laser absorption spectroscopy in a hollow waveguide. This technique will ultimately be used for providing extremely sensitive, high speed real-time detection of trace gas species (in this particular case for detecting indicators for life). Go to HWG-CRDS page.


Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and Raman Spectroscopy Instrument for In-Situ Analysis

Contract Details: 2004-2006 NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) Program

Principal Investigator: Chris Dreyer, Colorado School of Mines
Institutional Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

In collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines, Firestar Technologies™ developed laser spectroscopy instrument hardware and a Mars simulation chamber for evaluating micro-LIBS/Raman spectroscopy under very low pressure conditions. Firestar Technologies™ also developed an advanced micro-LIBS data interpretation algorithm for using multiple atomic emission lines from micro-LIBS plasmas to infer plasma temperature temporal evolution and improve overall accuracy of elemental concentration estimates from a laser-illuminated spot. Go to LIBS/Raman page.


Multi-Spectral Imaging with Fiber Optic Bundle Spatial Decomposition (MSI)

Contract Details: 2003-2005 NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP)

Principal Investigator: Chris Dreyer, Colorado School of Mines
Institutional Principal Investigator: Greg Mungas

In collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines, Firestar Technologies™ developed an optical fiber bundle imaging system (somewhat akin to an optical nerve) capable of spectrally decomposing every pixel in a scene in order to produce selectable, multi-spectral images of a scene as well as be able to conduct imaging spectroscopy (e.g. Raman spectroscopy).