But to keep a steady flow of revenue, the small Reno, Nevada company looked beyond traditional military and space customers to find work stimulating oil wells, supplying bullets and bombs for combat simulations, and providing pyrotechnics for Showtime’s television series “Shameless.” Those are not the markets Wayne Sawka envisioned when he founded DSSP in 2005 to develop and sell Electric Solid Propellants that can quickly turn on and off with electrical charges.
Digital Solid State Propulsion Inc. (DSSP) has won a new contract with NASA, its fourth with the national space agency and its first Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) contract. This was the only NASA Phase II awarded in the state of Nevada in 2015.
Reno rocket scientist Wayne Sawka is CEO of Digital Solid State Propulsion. His firm develops propellants that can be turned on and off with electric power and can burn faster or slower depending on the electricity. Sawka holds a doctorate in geochemistry and was a founding director of the UC Davis CONNECT entrepreneurship program.