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Technology for low cost solid rocket boosters.A review of low cost large solid rocket motors developed at the Lewis Research Center is given. An estimate is made of the total cost reduction obtainable by incorporating this new technology package into the rocket motor design. The propellant, case material, insulation, nozzle ablatives, and thrust vector control are discussed. The effect of the new technology on motor cost is calculated for a typical expandable 260-in. booster application. Included in the cost analysis is the influence of motor performance variations due to specific impulse and weight changes. It is found for this application that motor costs may be reduced by up to 30% and that the economic attractiveness of future large solid rocket motors will be improved when the new technology is implemented.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ciepluch, C.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1971
Subject Category
Propulsion Systems
Meeting Information
Meeting: JANNAF Combined Propulsion Meeting
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Start Date: November 1, 1971
End Date: November 4, 1971
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