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Company Information:

Company Name:
CU Aerospace LLC
Address:
301 North Neil Street
Suite 400
Champaign, IL 61820-3169
Phone:
(217) 333-8274
URL:
EIN:
371373803
DUNS:
41929402
Number of Employees:
12
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,893,729.00 19
SBIR Phase II $4,585,924.00 6
STTR Phase I $834,780.00 8
STTR Phase II $1,354,344.00 3

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,977.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,889.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$94,935.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$104,429.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll
Research Institution:
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
RI Contact:
Michael B. Bragg
Abstract:
N/a

Advanced Chemical Iodine Lasers for the ABL

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$736,023.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase II work will be to experimentally characterize the ElectriCOIL flow using advanced diagnostics and to demonstrate lasing of this electrically assisted chemical iodine laser. CU Aerospace (CUA) and theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)… More

Advanced Chemical Iodine Lasers for the ABL

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase II work will be to experimentally characterize the ElectriCOIL flow using advanced diagnostics and to demonstrate lasing of this electrically assisted chemical iodine laser. CU Aerospace (CUA) and theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)… More

Closed-Cycle ElectriCOIL Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,980.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
"The primary objective of CU AerospaceOs Phase I work will be to develop all-gas-phase closed-cycle electrically assisted COIL (ElectriCOIL) technology. CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) believe that thischallenge can be surmounted with changes to gain… More

Composite Materials for Cryogenic Storage Tanks and Superconductivity Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,946.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Program Manager
Research Institution:
University of Illinois, U-C
RI Contact:
Paul W. Bohn
Abstract:
"Composite cryogenic storage tanks will enable ABL and SBL program objectives by reducing structural weight, increasing reactant mass, reducing systems costs, and reducing risk to the programs. A recent development in composite materials design formultifunctional damage mitigation is proposed as a… More

Closed-Cycle ElectriCOIL Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,978.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU AerospaceOs Phase II engineering work will be to develop all-gas-phase closed-cycle electrically assisted chemical laser COIL (ElectriCOIL) technology. CU Aerospace (CUA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC) believe that this challenge can be… More

Ultra-large Solar Sail Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,904.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
University of Illinois, U-C
RI Contact:
Paul Bohn
Abstract:
UltraSail is a complete sail system for the launch, deployment, stabilization and control of very large (km^2 size) solar sails enabling reduced mission times for interplanetary and deep space spacecraft. UltraSail is an innovative, non-traditional approach to propulsion technology achieved by… More

Ultra Large Solar Sail Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$499,938.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Principal Investigator
Research Institution:
University of Illinois, U-C
RI Contact:
Paul W. Bohn
Abstract:
UltraSail, proposed by a team of CU Aerospace, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, SRS Technologies, and VACCO Industries, is a next-generation high-risk, high-payoff sail system for the launch, deployment, stabilization and control of very large (km^2 class) solar sails enabling high… More

Improved Iodine Injection, Mixing and Pressure Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,989.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase I work will be to investigate innovative iodine injection concepts for the chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) that improve mixing at higher total pressures. The designs will be made to significantly improve the pressure recovery of COIL systems while… More

Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites for Aerospace Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Research Institution:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNIV. OF ILLINOIS
RI Contact:
Charles F. Zukoski
Abstract:
Self-healing composites and adhesives would alleviate longstanding problems in aerospace structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. A composite cryogenic tank based on self-healing technology would prevent leakage… More

Electric Oxygen Iodine Laser Diagnostics

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,986.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase I work will be to investigate and verify advanced non-invasive diagnostic concepts that innovate and improve the capability to measure important discharge produced states of atomic oxygen and ozone under operational Electric Oxygen-Iodine Laser (EOIL)… More

Improved Iodine Injection, Mixing and Pressure Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$999,930.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CUA's Phase II work will be to investigate innovative iodine injection concepts for the COIL that improve mixing at higher total pressures, as well as perform a laser demonstration. During Phase I, CUA designed, fabricated, and tested a flexible experimental system that… More

UltraSail Solar Sail Flight Experiment

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
CU Aerospace and its University of Illinois teammate propose the design, sub-component fabrication and preliminary test of an UltraSail "Cubesat" 20 m2 solar sail spacecraft leading to a flight test in low Earth orbit. The complete flight test program consists of: preliminary design and… More

High Pressure Singlet Delta Oxygen Generator

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,977.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase I work will be to investigate a relatively new, highly innovative high pressure singlet-delta oxygen generator (SOG) concept for the chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL). Estimates are that this SOG concept will significantly improve the pressure… More

Self-Healing Adhesives and Composites for Aerospace Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,977.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Engineering Director
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT U-C
RI Contact:
Charles F. Zukoski
Abstract:
Self-healing composites and adhesives would alleviate longstanding problems in aerospace structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. For example, a self-healing composite cryogenic tank would prevent leakage by… More

UltraSail Solar Sail Flight Experiment

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,997.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
A team of CU Aerospace, the University of Illinois, and ManTech SRS Technologies proposes Phase II development of a 3 kg CubeSat spacecraft for initial flight test of a 20 m2 UltraSail, a next-generation high-risk, high-payoff solar sail system for the launch, deployment, stabilization and control… More

High-Power, Narrow Linewidth Laser Diodes for Alkali Atoms

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$98,994.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Engineering Director
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase I work will be to assess the feasibility of producing very narrow linewidth (< 1 MHz), single-mode, diode lasers for pumping alkali atoms. This effort will involve novel laser-amplifier diode architecture to enable such high performance devices. These… More

Self-Healing, Self-Diagnosing Fiber Reinforced Multifunctional Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mangun, Senior Scientist
Abstract:
Multifunctional composite materials would alleviate longstanding problems in composite structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and debonding. Self-healing polymers consist of a healing agent that is stored in microcapsules… More

Self-Healing Non-Catalytic Multifunctional Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,996.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Christian Mangun, Senior Scientist
Research Institution:
Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
RI Contact:
R.k. Iyer
Abstract:
Multifunctional materials would alleviate longstanding problems in composite structures associated with multiple types of damage mechanisms such as mechanical/thermal fatigue, microcracking, and impact. CU Aerospace (CUA) proposes an innovative hybrid self-healing composite consisting of a two-part… More

Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyesters for Ablative TPS

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mangun, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Better performing ablative thermal protection systems than currently available are needed to satisfy requirements of the most severe crew exploration vehicles, such as the Mars Sample Return with 12-15 km/s Earth entry. The primary objective of CU Aerospace's Phase I work will be to fabricate and… More

SBIR Phase I: MatLab Based Toolbox for Promoting Engineering Education of L1 Adaptive Control Theory

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,977.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a MATLAB based toolbox that can be used in educational laboratory environments for the training of the next generation of engineers with modern adaptive control theory, and will be performed by CU Aerospace (CUA) and team… More

Adaptive Bioassistive and Telerobotic Devices for Human-Robotic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,991.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Principal Investigator – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
CU Aerospace and team partner, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, propose to perform innovative research and development that targets the design and control of adaptive bioassistive and telerobotic devices - ABATRODs - that augment normal musculoskeletal function in rapidly changing and… More

Compact Narrow-band Laser Sources for Atom-based Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,980.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, President – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
The primary objective of Phase I work performed by the team of CU Aerospace and the University of Illinois is to produce single-mode, high power (>1 W), narrow linewidth (<100 kHz), diode lasers with no mode hop for pumping alkali (Rb and Cs) atoms and verify their application to atomic… More

Ultra-High Efficiency Multi-Physics CFD Simulation Software for DPAL/Laser System Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, President – (217) 239-1703
Research Institution:
Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
RI Contact:
Walter K. Knorr
Abstract:
The primary objective of Phase I work performed by the team of CU Aerospace and the University of Illinois is to produce a powerful and easy to use, parallel, fluid-dynamic, chemical-kinetic, and optical simulation software package that will function on any modern computational platform (Unix,… More

CubeSat High Impulse Propulsion System (CHIPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,998.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David Carroll, Principal Investigator – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
CU Aerospace proposes the ground test validation of a nanosat primary propulsion subsystem using non-toxic propellant with 3-axis ACS for orbit change and/or de-orbit capability, precision maneuvering, and drag makeup. Our approach, called the CubeSat High Impulse Propulsion System (CHIPS),… More

Dynamic Aircraft Energy Management Optimization Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,998.00
Agency:
DOD
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, President – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: CU Aerospace (CUA) and team partner the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) propose to perform research, development and demonstration of energy management optimization tools based upon existing UIUC and CUA expertise to expand the operational envelope of military and… More

Nonequilibrium Plasma-Assisted Combustion-Efficiency Control in Vitiated Air

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, President – (217) 239-1703
Research Institution:
Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
RI Contact:
Walter K. Knorr
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: CU Aerospace (CUA) and team partner the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) propose to perform research, development and demonstration of experimental quenching free measurements of heat-release in a realistic highly turbulent plasma-assisted flame. Kinetics models will be… More

Singlet-oxygen Plasma Afterglow Reaction Chamber for Disinfection and Sterilization

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,998.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
The capability of discharge-produced reactive oxygen species, in particular O2(a1), to effectively inactivate biological species has been empirically well-established. Disinfection and sterilization processes for instruments, surfaces, and wounds are essential in disease prevention to ensure… More

Thermal Protection with Ablative Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$79,999.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mangun, Senior Scientist – (217) 239-1704
Abstract:
The primary objective of CU Aerospace"s (CUA) Phase I work will be to fabricate and test aromatic thermosetting copolyester (ATSP) composites for use as ablative thermal protection systems for next generation reentry bodies. Unfortunately, there has been little work put into the development of… More

Dynamic Aircraft Energy Management Optimization Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,998.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, President – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: CU Aerospace (CUA) and team partner the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) propose to perform research, development and demonstration of energy management optimization tools based upon existing UIUC and CUA expertise to expand the operational envelope of military and… More

Microvascular Composites for Novel Thermal Management Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Chris Mangun, Senior Scientist – (217) 239-1704
Research Institution:
University of Illinois at U-C
RI Contact:
Walter K. Knorr
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Living systems rely on pervasive vascular networks to enable a plurality of biological function, exemplified by natural composite structures that are lightweight, high-strength, and capable of mass and energy transport. In contrast, synthetic composites possess high strength-to-weight… More

CubeSat High Impulse Propulsion System (CHIPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,998.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
David L. Carroll, Principal Investigator – (217) 239-1703
Abstract:
CU Aerospace proposes to perform design, fabrication, and ground test validation of a nanosat primary propulsion subsystem using non-toxic R134a propellant. Our approach, called CubeSat High Impulse Propulsion System (CHIPS), leverages CU Aerospace's very high efficiency warm-gas variant of an… More

Parallel Nonlinear Optimization for Astrodynamic Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,999.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Alexander R. Ghosh, Staff Scientist – (217) 721-2875
Abstract:
CU Aerospace proposes the development of a new parallel nonlinear program (NLP) solver software package. NLPs allow the solution of complex optimization problems, and there exist today a number of capable NLP solvers typically used within the astrodynamics community. Unfortunately, none of them… More