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Hybrid Aerogel-MLI Insulation System for Cryogenic Storage in Space Applications

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95519
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095421
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road Building B Northborough, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Hybrid Aerogel-MLI Insulation System for Cryogenic Storage in Space Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CE61P
Award Amount: $99,994.00
 

Abstract:

The future of the NASA space program includes longer and more invasive missions into space, with a goal to return to the moon's surface by the year 2015. Long duration storage of large quantities of cryogenic fluids for propulsion, power, and life-support is an essential requirement for these missions. The behavior of active and passive cryogenic management is paramount to the thermal status of a spaceship and cryotanks storage. Efficient and reliable insulation materials are key to the success of long missions into space. Aspen Aerogels proposes to develop a durable and cost effective hybrid aerogel/MLI insulation system for cryogenic storage in space applications. The proposed hybrid insulation system will withstand micrometeoroids impacts and will outperform the MLI in cases of vacuum loss. During the Phase II Program, extensive work will be dedicated to the developing a system level solution for installation of the flexible hybrid insulation system onto cryotank surfaces to minimize seams, and thermal leaks. Development of the proposed novel cost effective insulation package will provide NASA with a long-term cryogenic propellant storage thermal control solution for applications in low earth orbit (LEO), and on the lunar surface.

Principal Investigator:

Redouane Begag
Principal Investigator
5084663124
rbegag@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Kevin Schmidt
VP Operations
5086911161
contracts@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Bldg. B Northborough, MA 01532

EIN/Tax ID: 043559972
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No