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From 1990 to the present, FCI has provided analytical and test support to single and multiple stage to orbit launch vehicle propulsion system development programs, and hypersonic missile propulsion system analysis.  Cycle analysis types include ramjet, rocket, ejector-ramjet, and other combinations using hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels and fuel additives. Significant analysis experience in Rocket-Based-Combined-Cycle (RBCC) and Liquid Air Cycle Engine (LACE) systems.  External aerodynamic heating and engine thermal management support have been provided on several high-speed engine and airframe development programs.  Past programs include external and combustor heating evaluations and endothermic heat exchanger analysis for a Mach 6 block speed scramjet missile development program and performance trades on hydrazine and MMH rocket thrusters.  Recently completed contract with the Air Force to evaluate air breathing and rocket earth-to-orbit concepts and Thermal Protection System (TPS) requirements, and with the private sector in attitude control thruster systems thermal management and preliminary design options for rocket engine reliability and health management. Past commercial programs include thermal and reliability analysis support for bipropellant thrusters; plus many monopropellant thrusters used in station keeping and de-orbit maneuvers.  Subject matter expert support to USSTRATCOM & OUSD AT&L S&TS SW. 
FCI has also supplied analytical support as a second-tier subcontractor to product oriented aerospace companies and provided Thermal Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Reliability Assessment, Critical Items List, Trends Analysis and Limited Life Analysis for multiple satellite electromechanical subsystems.  Analysis of antenna pointing mechanisms, solar array drives, and general motor driven actuator assemblies are typical applications.  Satellite programs include Intelsat VI, JPL’s Cassini, TES, AIRS and MSL programs, Japan’s ADEOS I & II program, Italy’s SICRAL program, and other programs such as Clementine, FTS, New Millennium, CERES, KOMPSAT, SBIRS, AEHF, and LRO.  Recently finished contracts supporting the leading edge flap actuation system thermal analysis for the F-35 program and an antenna pointing mechanism for GSFC’s Global Precipitation Measurement project.

Client List

Edwards AFB Rocket Propulsion Lab ● OUSD (AT&L)/S&TS/Strategic Warfare ● USSTRATCOM TPS SME ● Air Force Chief Scientists Office ● Virgin Galactic
The Spaceship Company ● MOOG ● AMPAC ● Sierra Nevada Corp ● SPARTA ● STARSYS ● Applied Astronautics ● TGV Rockets ● WASK ● Aeroflex Inc.
Advatech Pacific  ● Composite Technology Development Inc.● Joseph Hepp Engineering ● CFDRC ● D&E Engineering ● Southwest Research Institute 
 Rocketplane ● Space Access ● Jackson & Tull  ● Sierra Lobo Inc ● ERC Inc. ● TurboSolutions ● NEA Electronics


"Tactical Success via Technology: A System Evaluation of Advanced Missile Options," A Faulkner, J. Mossman, and E Paulson, 63rd JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, AFRL-RQ-ED-TP-2016-102, May 2016

 "Improving the Solid Rocket Tradespace for Reliability and Weight Optimzation,"  A.M. Faulkner and A. Le, December 2011 JANNAF MSS/LPS/SPS Joint Subcommittee Meeting, AFRL-RZ-ED-VG-2011-531

Liquid Rocket Engine Reliability Predictions Using AFRRAT - (Air Force Rocket Reliability Analysis Tool),” A. Faulkner and J. Riley, AFRL-RZ-ED-TP-2010-172, May 2010

Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) Thermal Protection System (TPS) Design Considerations,” A. Faulkner and F. Friedl, AFRL-RZ-ED-TP-2009-213, June 2009

 Air Force Rocket Reliability Analysis Tool (AFRRAT),” A.M. Faulkner and J.M. Riley, AFRL-RZ-ED-TP-2008-551, Dec 2008

Engine Development Approach for FAST Propulsion System Requirements,” D. Mohr, P.K. Sgarlata, N. D”Orsi, A.M. Faulkner, 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting (JPM), 3rd Liquid Propulsion Subcommittee (LPS), 2nd Spacecraft Propulsion Subcommittee (SPS), and 5th Modeling and Simulation Subcommittee (MSS) Joint Meeting in Denver, CO, 14-17 May 2007

 Aeroheating Trade Study for Multiple Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Trajectories and Thermal Protection System (TPS) Options,” A.M. Faulkner and C.H. Cho, AFRL-PR-ED-TP-2007-217 May 2007

"NEPP-TBCC:  A Turbine-Based Combined Cycle Propulsion Performance Code,” E. Paulson and A.M. Faulkner, AFRL-PR-ED-TP-2007-197, May 2007

Full Scale Ejector Ramjet Mixer Optimization”, A.M. Faulkner, W. Burkhardt and Dr. A.Le, Dec 2005 JANNAF Propulsion Conference, Monterey, CA.

Air Breathing Launch Vehicle Weights Estimating Relationship Database”, E. Paulson and A.M. Faulkner, AFRL-PR-ED-TP-2005-192, June 2005

AFWAT: Air Force Weights Analysis Tool; A Method of Calculating Reusable Launch Vehicle Weights”, A.M. Faulkner and C. Cho, AFRL-PR-ED-TP-2005-167, June 2005

Evaluation of a Hydrocarbon Ejector Ramjet RBCC for a Reusable TSTO Space Operations Vehicle (SOV)”, A.M. Faulkner, J.G. Bendot and L.E. McKinney, AFRL-PR-ED-TR-2003-0041

"Advanced Vehicle Systems Modeling and Simulation (AVSMS) Task Order 1: Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) Aeroheating," A. Faulkner, AFRL-PR-ED-TR-2006-0062, December 2006 

 Propulsion Technology Assessment of the Advanced Rocket Combined Cycle (Ejector Ramjet) for Tactical Missile Applications,” Dr. M. Director, A.M. Faulkner, et. al., Nov 2002 JANNAF Propulsion Conference

Alternate Engine Design LOX- Spray System (U)”, 89-137, , NASP LIMA;  10/26/89

Thermal Considerations for Module and Unit Design”, Hughes Aircraft Technical Digest, Oct1987

Analysis Codes


      CET85 – NASA Lewis Research “Chemical Equilibrium with Transport Properties” by Gordon, McBride

      MIPROP – Liquid and real gas properties for para -hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and various hydrocarbon fuels, etc. as a function of pressure and temperature.

      AIRPROP – Liquid and real gas properties for air as a function of pressure and temperature.


      AFWAT – Air Force Weight Analysis Tool as developed by FCI under contract to AFRL Edwards for TSTO launch vehicle weight estimations.


      ENG92/2003 – Wright Pat propulsion analysis code for rockets, ramjets and air-augmented rockets or RBCC engines (ENG2003 as updated by FCI).

      NEPP-TBCC – Turbine Based Combined Cycle code as updated by FCI using the NASA Engine Performance Program

      SJ20/21/22  Wright Pat propulsion analysis codes for real gas analysis of scramjets, ramjets and dual mode engine cycles.  GUI’s for all programs as updated by FCI.

      HAP – Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion Code by Heiser and Pratt.
RJPA - Ramjet Performance Analysis by JHU/APL, P. Pandolfini and M. Friedman; real gas ram/scram analysis


      ETO – Wright Lab 2-DOF flight trajectory program for any combination of airbreathing or rocket propulsion. Constant or linearly varying dynamic pressure.

      POST II – Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories restricted use release by NASA/LaRC


      SINDA/G – A finite differencing 3-D thermal analysis code from Network Analysis Associates, Inc. (formerly Gaski SINDA) version 2.3

      TRASYS/TSS – Radiation analysis code available through NASA (TRASYS) and Space3D (TSS) that formats output compatible as the input to SINDA.

      MINIVER – Aerodynamic heating analysis program from McDonnell Douglas.

      EKCT – High temperature duct heating for use in propulsion system analysis based on the Eckert reference temperature method with Blasius skin friction.  Developed in-house by FCI.

      ATAC v5/6/7 – Aeroheating Thermal Analysis Code by ITT-AES for non-axisymmetric aeroheating, charring and ablation shape change, determination of aerodynamic factors for continuum and bridging functions


      AFRRAT – Air Force Rocket Reliability Analysis Tool as developed by FCI under contract to AFRL Edwards.

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Panel Expert for JANNAF Specialist Section on Modeling and Simulation; Failure History of Liquid Rockets in Dec 2008 
 Chosen " Small Business of the Month" by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
 San Francisco Section, in January 1997.


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April 2010 just before the first launch date...


It was a blast (yes, pun intended) to see some of the ISS hardware we worked on!


FCI Supports Rocket Engine Health Management options with AFRL at the Cape in 2007


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