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Rigidizing Inflatable Deployable Dwelling (RIDD)

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
78008
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
055117
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
1122 Flightline Street, #76 Mojave, CA 93501-1610
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Rigidizing Inflatable Deployable Dwelling (RIDD)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM06AA52C
Award Amount: $69,580.00
 

Abstract:

By combining thin thermoplastic films, woven Vectran reinforcements, and heat a reliable, deployable, rigidizing space habitat can be created. Although much research has been performed on rigidizing space structures, characteristic material flaws prevent reliable deployment of rigidizing extraterrestrial habitats. Many materials fail space qualification due to the catalytic nature of their rigidization method. However, by layering thin low-density polyethylene with virtually any composite weave, a pliable composite is created. When inflation pressure and heat are applied, the low density polyethylene melts into the composite weave and causes the entire matrix to harden. The proposed composite would consist of Vectran with a low-density polyethylene laminate. Because our composite is stable at nearly cryogenic temperatures through around 100 C, it outperforms most other rigidizing materials currently being studied. The thermal properties coupled with nearly zero creep provide strong promise for its compatibility with rigidizing habitats.

Principal Investigator:

David Fisher
Principal Investigator
3034392698
david@firestar-engineering.com

Business Contact:

Ted A. Fisher
Lead Software Engineer
3034392698
ted.fisher@firestar-engineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FIRESTAR ENGINEERING, LLC
557 Burbank St., Unit J Broomfield, CO 80020

EIN/Tax ID: 010663015
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No