Tullahoma, TN – Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, LLC (GTL), an aerospace engineering company, was awarded Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a conceptual missile interceptor kill vehicle (KV) design with improved kinematic performance.

In this effort, GTL will develop a conceptual design of an optimized Compact Propulsion Module (CPMs). The CPM is a highly integrated structural component that holds and delivers the fuel, oxidizer, and pressurant to the divert and attitude control system (DACS) sub-modules. The CPM also serves as the KV’s primary structure.

Traditional KVs mount a set of liquid propellant tanks around a central structural mast which hinder KV performance by limiting propellant mass, increasing booster structural mass, and reducing the KV packaging volume. GTL’s Compact Modular DACS focuses on using a highly integrated approach to maximize the packaging volumetric efficiency.

“Finding ways to enhance the performance capability of our interceptors and kill vehicles is essential to counter the growing ballistic missile threat that the US is currently facing,” said GTL President Paul Gloyer, “GTL’s CPM design would double the volumetric efficiency of a conventional Divert and Attitude Control System, thereby doubling kinematic performance of the kill vehicle.”

Formed in 2004, GTL is headquartered in Tullahoma, TN with additional offices in California and Utah. GTL is a high-technology company that specializes in providing transformational technologies to the aerospace industry such as composite cryogenic tanks, integrated airframes, specialty structural composites, aerospace system design and analysis, combustion stability analysis, and launch vehicle technologies.