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Company Information:

Company Name: Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc.
City: San Diego
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.vst-inc.com
Phone: (858) 444-1826

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,254,015.00 21
SBIR Phase II $7,100,168.00 10
STTR Phase I $70,000.00 1

Award List:

A ROBUST GAS MONITOR FOR REMOTE ENVIRONMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Edward A Johnson
Award Amount: $74,888.00
Abstract:
Infrared (ir) absorption spectroscopy is a standard laboratory technique for analyzing gas samples, but good ir absorption instruments are expensive, complicated, and delicate, sharply limiting their usefulness for remote and unattended atmospheric monitoring. this project will develop a rugged,… More

Multifunctional Titanium-(Titanium-Aluminide) Metallic-Intermetallic Laminate Composites for Tough, Low Cost, and Lightweight Missile Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Matthew W. Thompson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
High performance metallic structural materials, such as aluminum, titanium, steel, and beryllium, are used in many missile defense interceptor subsystem components to provide high structural and thermal performance for the lightest weight and lowest costdesign approaches. Each metallic material has… More

Quantum Dot Spectrum Converters for Enhanced High Efficiency Photovoltaics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
This research proposes to enhance solar cell efficiency, radiation resistance and affordability. The Quantum Dot Spectrum Converter (QDSC) disperses quantum dots into the transparent silicone layer that normally functions as coverglass adhesive. The Quantum Dots (QD) act as a fluorescent spectrum… More

Affordable High Performance Electromagnetically Clean Solar Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
We propose an Electromagnetically Clean Solar Array (ECSA) with enhanced performance, in Watts/kg and Watts/m2, using flight proven, high efficiency solar cells. For electrostatic cleanliness, our innovation is to use large flat sheets of specially processed environmentally durable, ITO-coated… More

Affordable Reliable Electromagnetically Clean Modular Solar Panels (PDRT06-053)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Manager, Solar Power Technologies
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Electromagnetically Clean (EMC) Modular Solar Array is a production manufacturing approach to engineering and delivering solar arrays that have improved cost, reliability, performance and schedule responsiveness of photovoltaic power sources. The EMC Module uses an integral transparent… More

Lightweight Thermally Stable Multi-Meter Aperture Submillimeter Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,955.00
Abstract:
Future astrophysics missions will require lightweight, thermally stable, submillimeter reflectors in sizes of 4m and greater. To date, graphite fiber reinforced composite (GFRC) construction has been used in many cases to ideally meet the reflector needs of submillimeter and microwave instruments,… More

Modular Distributed Concentrator for Solar Furnace

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This research proposes to develop a lightweight approach to achieving the high concentrations of solar energy needed for a solar furnace achieving temperatures of 1000-2000C. Conventional solar-fired furnaces face significant challenges in fabricating, deploying and pointing the large aperture,… More

Affordable Reliable Modular Solar Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Business Manager, Space P
Award Amount: $999,999.00
Abstract:
Solar panels need reliability improvements while reaching for higher performance. This SBIR develops a Modular Solar Panel that uses an integral transparent cover/shield and stress control substrate, together with process-controlled production lamination techniques, to achieve an integrated… More

Modular Distributed Concentrator for Solar Furnace

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
This research proposes to develop the technology needed to implement a solar-fired regolith processing system at a lunar outpost that achieves low mass, high performance, easy assembly, operation and maintenance, and durability. The Modular Distributed Concentrator (MDC) comprises an array of… More

Lightweight Thermally Stable Multi-Meter Aperture Submillimeter Reflectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Daron Giles, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,998.00
Abstract:
The objective of the Phase II effort will be an affordable demonstrated full-scale design for a thermally stable multi-meter submillimeter reflector. The Phase I effort resulted in a design for a thermally stable reflector which by analysis should survive the launch environment and satisfy the as… More

Modular Multi-Threat Survivable Solar Array (PDRT07-036)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ted Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This effort develops a modular Survivable Solar Array (SSA) for improved protection against high radiation and thermal environments. We incorporate advanced survivability techniques into conventional solar panel technology to protect against Ground Based Lasers and improve radiation shielding. The… More

Sintered Polymeric Composites with Very High Transverse Thermal Conductivity (PDRT08-019)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Matt Wrosch, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Transverse thermal transfer characteristics of state-of-the-art carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials impose significant limitations on the efficacy of electronic assemblies mounted in composite structures. Material technologies for effective heat removal from an electronic device and… More

Modular Multi-Threat Survivable Solar Array (PDRT08-034)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Theodore G. Stern, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Military spacecraft need improved survivability to the multi-threat environment, including laser threats and nuclear environments. This program develops two hardened solar power technologies, a Survivable Planar Module (SPM) and a Survivable Concentrator Module (SCM) that use shielding and… More

Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eldon P. Kasl, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Advances in replication mold technology that reduce material costs, grinding time, and polishing time would enable fabrication of large, precision molds and possibly optics at 50-75% lower cost. Mold cost savings could be applied to other aspects of a telescope mission's technology development and… More

Submicron Composite Mirror Replication (PDRT08-027)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eldon P. Kasl, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program will identify and address the primary technical issues that limit the current precision of replicated CFRP optics. These issues must be resolved to bring this capability to the sub-micron range of precision required by the next generation of flight and ground submillimeter and far… More

Laminated IMM Solar Panels (PDRT08-035)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Matthew Wrosch, Principal Software Engine
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR project will develop an integrated fabrication and assembly approach for flexible and modular IMM integral blanket/interconnect system (IBIS) assemblies using composite manufacturing techniques. The approach will build on DR Technologies ongoing work related to coverglass replacement… More

Metamaterial Antennas Imbedded with Ballistic Armor (PDRT10-006)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Arizona State University
Principal Investigator: John Marks, Gen. Mgr., Composite Prod
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Debbie Shaver
Abstract:
The proposed STTR will demonstrate how magnetic meta materials based antennas are ideal for integration into composite structures where the graphite composite backplanes can be integrated with dielectric ballistic protection materials that surround, yet do not interfere with the antenna. In ongoing… More

Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029-1)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Eldon P. Kasl, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Future NASA missions including the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) and Global Atmospheric Composition Mission (GACM), require 1 to 4 meter aperture, submillimeter-wavelength, primary reflector (mirror) segments. Astigmatic surface errors in a composite primary reflector and inconsistent… More

Flexible Covershield for Thin Film Solar Arrays (PDRT09-031)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Austin Reid, Principle Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DR Technologies, Inc. will begin development of a flexible covershield material capable of protecting thin film solar cells from space environments including ionizing radiation, atomic oxygen, humidity, and high voltage discharge. The covershield will be designed to maximize EOL power output after… More

Flexible Solar Array Blanket Technology (DRT Proposal PDRT-025)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Austin Reid, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR develops a method for the integration of high-efficiency, thin-film solar cells into an Integrated Blanket Interconnect System array that features high specific power, low stowed volume, and a simple and reliable manufacturing approach. The Phase II program completes the design of the… More

Sintered Polymeric Composites with Very High Transverse Thermal Conductivity (PDRT08-019)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matt Thompson, Principal Investigator – (858) 444-1831
Award Amount: $729,993.00
Abstract:
A six month program was executed with the goal of developing a novel thermally conductive composite material utilizing TLPS resin formulations created by Creative Electron, of San Marcos, CA, and composites design and manufacturing expertise from DR Technologies, Inc., of San Diego, CA, to develop a… More

Thin Flexible IMM Solar Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Austin Reid, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Inverted Metamorphic (IMM) solar cells have achieved high efficiency at very low mass, but integration of the thin crystalline photovoltaic device into a flexible panel has been a challenge. The objectives of this SBIR are to mechanically package the IMM cell into a flexible laminated panel, and to… More

Rugged, Collapsible Solar Concentrator (PDRT10-015)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Austin Reid, Principal Investigator – (858) 587-4200
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
DR Technologies, Inc. will begin development of a rugged, collapsible solar concentration device to support tactical alternative energy production. The concentrator will be designed to be high-accuracy, modular, field-replaceable, lightweight, and manufacturable. Phase I work will focus on the… More

High Efficiency Modular Solar Array (PDRT08-035-2)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nick Walmsley, Principal Investigator – (858) 444-1849
Award Amount: $571,216.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This SBIR develops and fabricates flight-quality solar modules that utilize advanced thin-film photovoltaic devices for use in a potential flight experiment. The photovoltaic assembly design is based on previous work done by DRT with thin-film solar cells and features an integrated… More

Thin Flexible IMM Solar Array

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Walmsley, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,965.00
Abstract:
Thin, flexible, and highly efficient solar arrays are needed that package compactly for launch and deploy into large, structurally stable high power generators. Inverted Metamorphic Multi-junction (IMM) solar cells can enable these arrays, offering higher efficiencies of>33% and lower mass and… More

Fabrication and Measurement of Precision Structures for External Occulter Optical Edges

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Mark Schlocker, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,986.00
Abstract:
This project proposes to develop an occulter optical edge and optical edge measurement verification system suitable for astrophysics missions including JWST and the Occulting Ozone Observatory (O3). The optical edge has tight cross-section requirements in order to produce the correct diffraction as… More

Synchronized Modular Integrated Deployable Array (P-DoD12-003)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nick Walmsley, Principal Investigator – (858) 587-4200
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Conventional deployable arrays of rigid solar panels use cables or added external structures to provide synchronized deployment, adding mass, volume and limiting applicability, and are custom engineered for each application with unique assembly and integration processing and fixtures.… More

Flexible Covershield for Thin Film Solar Arrays (PDRT09-031-1)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matt Wrosch, Principal Investigator – (858) 444-1864
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Thin film solar arrays using advanced Inverted Metamorphic solar cells can offer a significant increase in efficiency and specific power over conventional planar solar arrays for future spacecraft. The flexible low-mass solar cells require an equally flexible robust replacement to the… More

Low Cost Automated Manufacture of High Efficiency THINS ZTJ PV Blanket Technology (P-NASA12-007)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Nicholas Walmsley, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,311.00
Abstract:
NASA needs lower cost solar arrays with high performance for a variety of missions. While high efficiency, space-qualified solar cells are in themselves costly,>$250/Watt, there is considerable additional cost associated with the parts and labor needed to integrate the Photovoltaic Assembly. The… More

Low Cost, Cosmic Microwave Background Telescopes (P-NASA12-003)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Loomis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $199,898.00
Abstract:
The Phase I objective is to develop a preliminary design and manufacturing plan for carbon fiber composite reflectors and/or a carbon fiber telescope that are traceable to the requirements of current and future CMB missions. The Phase II objectives are to complete the design and manufacturing… More

ALD-Enhanced Durability of Lightweight Co-Cured Solar Array Panels (P-DoD13-002)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Wrosch, Principal Investigator – (858) 587-4210
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The promise of ubiquitous solar power for novel devices and applications depends greatly on the form-factors available, their specific power and their cost. Traditional silicon solar panels are prohibitively large for widespread utilization, and even smaller scale inorganic cells are too… More

High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaics (Proposal Number

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Wrosch, Principal Investigator – (858) 587-4210
Award Amount: $149,991.00
Abstract:
Flexible solar cells based on epitaxial liftoff (ELO) manufacturing processes have enabled a path towards low-cost and high-power flexible photovoltaic arrays. Lamination techniques incorporating these arrays can be adapted to a variety of end applications ranging from structural power for UAV… More