Annual Highlights
                                                                         

 Current Business

Triton Systems continues its support to the NASA Johnson Space Center Engineering Directorate with engineering analysis work scheduled through to 2008.  Triton has been proud to work with the team modeling and analyzing the Space Shuttle Main Propulsion System in preparation for Shuttle space missions.

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2007 Business Development Activities

 

                      1.  Small Business Innovative Research Proposals

                      2.  Invited Presentation to AIAA Space 2007 Convention

                      3.  Participation in Space Investment Summit III

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2006 Business Development Activities

 

                      1.  Commercial Space Station Re-Supply Proposal

                      2.  Air Force Research Laboratory RASTE Conference

                      3.  Johnson Space Center Astrodynamics Seminar

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2007

1.  Commercial Space Station Re-Supply Proposal

In September Triton Systems submitted 3 small business innovative research proposals to NASA, two in collaboration with the University of Houston -Clear Lake physics department.  Two of the proposals related to Stellar-J development and one related to a trajectory tool for missions to the moon and libration points.  None of the proposals were accepted for the final 2007 NASA opportunity, but we expect to continue this avenue of work in 2008 with both NASA and other government agencies.

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2007

2.  Invited Presentation to AIAA Space 2007 Convention

In September Wes Kelly was invited to speak at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2007 Convention and Conference.  The session was devoted to space tourism and the Triton Systems presentation was titled: "The Stellar-J & Space Tourism: A Primary Market or Stepping Stone Capability?"  

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2007

3.  Participation in Space Investment Summit III

In December Paul Royall, Charles George and Wes Kelly provided a 5-minute presentation and booth display at Space Investment Summit III, held in San Jose, California.   Details of the conference  and the conference agenda are provided at the following web sites:

 

 http://www.spacecommerceroundtable.com/upcoming.html

 

http://www.spacecommerceroundtable.com/sis3_agenda.html

 

 

ABSTRACT

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle - Triton Systems LLC/Triton Aerospace Corporation :
Venture to develop the vehicle designed for reusable first stage launches and to land horizontally to provide frequent, low-cost small satellite launch capabilities to a market of several hundred awaiting small satellites with market service values of ~$20,000 per pound.

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2006

1. Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Demonstration:

Triton Submits Proposal to NASA for International Space Station Re-supply

 

Triton led a six company partnership in drafting and submitting a proposal for the Stellar-J launch system to the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Demonstration competition.  The proposal was delivered to NASA for review in March 2006, vying with over twenty other competitors for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.  The Stellar-J proposal was not included among the six semi-finalists selected in May, and of those six, NASA selected proposals from Kistler-Rocket Plane and SpaceX for funding in September.  For the three types of unmanned missions to the International Space Station, Triton submitted the Stellar-J vehicle with two expendable upper stage concepts and an automated, retrievable winged upper stage configuration. 

 

                                                          References:

                      http://cotswatch.org/  (Archival news, commentary and reports)

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_Orbital_Transportation_Services

 

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2006

2.  Triton Systems Participates in Air Force Research Laboratory

        Conference on Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology

 

Triton participated in the Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (RASTE) conference sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, 18-19 July 2006.  The purpose of the conference was to share reusable launch vehicle technologies developed by the AFRL and its vendors with existing and emerging reusable launch vehicle (RLV)  prime contractors.  From its Stellar-J analysis perspective, Triton promoted horizontally launched systems, its  own design and mission modeling methods, plus its market analyses.

Both the COTS proposal effort and the RASTE conference participation have resulted in advances in design maturity of the Stellar-J launch vehicle concept.

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                    3. Triton Systems Offers Lunch Astrodynamics Seminar

                                    at NASA's Johnson Space Center:

                         "Earth, Moon & Spacecraft - Star A, B & Planet"

To promote the company’s expertise in astrodynamics and flight mechanics related to the lunar and interplanetary missions,  on 17 November, Triton provided a lunch-time seminar at the Johnson Space Center ( Building 16) titled: Earth, Moon & Spacecraft – Star A, B & Planet.  Arranged through the local Houston chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the seminar discussed the applications of restricted elliptic 3-body modeling to trajectories related to lunar missions – and to newly discovered extra-planetary systems.  This one hour talk was an introduction to several additional seminar presentations in which elements of celestial mechanics and astrodynamics are discussed:  Lagrangian mechanics and libration points, trajectories between Earth and moon, trajectory controls and the influence of mass ratios and eccentricities on 3-body dynamics. 

The presentation and a background paper are available at the AIAA Houston chapter website:

                                            www.aiaa-houston.org

 

For similar astrodynamics seminars, studies or support,

Contact Triton Systems for details. 

 

 

 
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