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Sensor System for Super-Pressure Balloon Performance Modeling

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95439
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095746
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Sensor System for Super-Pressure Balloon Performance Modeling
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD79P
Award Amount: $99,965.00
 

Abstract:

Long-duration balloon flights are an exciting new area of scientific ballooning, enabled by the development of large super-pressure balloons. As these balloons represent a new form of balloon technology, it follows that there is much to be learned about how these balloons behave in flight. There is a need to collect data on the balloon platform itself in order to better characterize its in-flight behavior. A lightweight suite of sensors will be developed to quantify several variables affecting the balloon. The measurements will include gas temperature inside and outside of the balloon, balloon film strain and temperature, and the aging of the balloon film. Phase I will involve developing a gas temperature sensing approach, a film strain and aging sensing approach, and an alternate approach to film strain and temperature measurements. Taken as a group, the approaches to be investigated are seen as likely to offer promising solutions to those measurement challenges. They will be tested in the laboratory and in a balloon on the ground. The ultimate result of the project will be a sensor suite that allows super-pressure balloon behavior and flights to be accurately modeled.

Principal Investigator:

John Bognar
Principal Investigator
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com

Business Contact:

John Bognar
Business Official
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT 59718

EIN/Tax ID: 352176869
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No