Rapid Analysis and Manufacturing Propulsion Technology (RAMPT)


NASA’s strategic plan calls for the development of enabling technologies, improved production methods, and advanced design and analysis tools related to the agency’s objectives to expand human presence in the solar system. NASA seeks to advance exploration, science, innovation, benefits to humanity, and international collaboration, as well as facilitate and utilize U.S. commercial capabilities to deliver cargo and crew to space.

The Rapid Analysis and Manufacturing Propulsion Technology (RAMPT) project will mature novel design and manufacturing technologies to increase scale, significantly reduce cost, and improve performance for regeneratively cooled thrust-chamber assemblies, specifically the combustion chamber and nozzle for government and industry programs. This addresses the longest lead, highest cost, and heaviest component in the engine system.

RAMPT’s purpose is to evolve an integrated multi-alloy lightweight thrust chamber assembly that significantly increases scale of current additive manufacturing technologies, reduce associated cost and schedule, and provide design options not previously possible. This project is planning to take advantage of government and industry investments through public-private partnerships and provide process development data and technology improvements across the propulsion and related industries.

RAMPT also seeks to create a domestic supply chain and develop specialized technology vendors that will be available for all interested industry partners and government agencies. The project will evolve integrated specialty process development, material characterization, and hardware development and testing to mature the overall concept.

Principal Technologist Project Manager
John Vickers (john.h.vickers@nasa.gov) John Fikes (john.fikes@nasa.gov)