What does it take for a small business to develop and transition a new defense technology? Above all, collaboration – as shown in this video produced by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program.

Thanks to partnership with Lockheed Martin and support from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Valley Tech Systems Inc. has been able to successfully develop and mature its Affordable Solid Post Boost Propulsion System.

Notes Russ Carlson, aerospace division vice president, Valley Tech Systems, “Early on in the SBIR program, we integrated with the Lockheed Martin program offices” for applications.

Valley Tech Systems developed the transformative technology with funding from the Air Force’s Commercialization Readiness Program via SBIR Phase II and Phase II Enhancement programs with Lockheed Martin as its commercialization and technology transition partner.

“Valley Tech Systems has benefitted my organization through their efforts to tech transition the work that they have done under the SBIR program,” says Dr. Sandra Tomczak, propulsion group lead, Air Force Research Laboratory.

Valley Tech Systems has benefitted my organization through their efforts … under the SBIR program.

Dr. Sandra Tomczak

Propulsion Group Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory

Applications for the Affordable Solid Post Boost Propulsion System include future strategic ballistic missile programs, as well as other space and defense systems. The innovative design uses proportional thrust and throttling technology to increase accuracy while conserving solid propellant to extend the thrusters’ operational duration per unit of fuel. Proportional thrusters perform flexibly at any thrust level from zero to full. By providing superior reliability and safety, controllable solid propulsion technology can reduce lifecycle costs for strategic weapon systems.

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Valley Tech Systems, Inc., a Voyager Space company, is an innovative engineering company that is leading the way in controllable solid propulsion and open architecture airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies. Valley Tech Systems’ cutting-edge solutions address technology needs across the U.S. Government and commercial space industry. The company has offices in Folsom, Calif., Reno, Nev., and Dayton, Ohio.