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Vacuum-Compatible Multi-Axis Manipulator/Machining Center for Long-Duration…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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Beck Engineering
1490 Lumsden Road Port Orchard, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Vacuum-Compatible Multi-Axis Manipulator/Machining Center for Long-Duration Space Missions
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ07JB28C
Award Amount: $100,000.00


NASA has many needs for maintenance and repair technologies for long-duration human space missions. We propose to develop a compact, portable, vacuum-compatible, multi-axis Manipulator/Machining Center (M/MC) to satisfy many of NASA's needs. Our M/MC will provide complex manipulation during: layer-additive manufacturing; collection of geometric data for reverse-engineering; real-time non-destructive evaluation; and non-destructive material property determination. Our M/MC will also finish-machine near-net-shape parts produced using layer-additive manufacturing. Design features of our M/MC will: minimize mass, volume, and power consumption while providing required capabilities; maximize life and reliability; and enable our M/MC to operate in space-based vacuum, microgravity, and partial-gravity environments. In Phase I, we will: generate a preliminary design of our M/MC; project the machining performance, mass, volume, and power consumption of our M/MC; and show how our M/MC can be integrated with layer-additive equipment. In Phase II, we will design-in-detail, build, and test a prototype M/MC. In Phase III, we will design, build, and sell M/MCs to the government and private sector.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas R. Beck
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Douglas S. Beck
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Beck Engineering, Inc.
3319 21st Avenue NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335

EIN/Tax ID: 743039093
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No