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ORDERED POLYMER FILMS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BALLOONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
5150
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5150
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
350 Second Ave. Waltham, MA 02451
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: ORDERED POLYMER FILMS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BALLOONS
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,581.00
 

Abstract:

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BALLOONS ARE USED TO CARRY INSTRUMENT PAYLOADS INTO THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE. IMPROVED MATERIALS AND DESIGNS ARE NEEDED TO ENHANCE THE RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THESE BALLOONS. THIS PHASE I PROGRAM SEEKS TO EXAMINE AN ORDERED POLYMER FILM, PBT (POLY-P-PHENYLENE BENZOBISTHIAZOLE), FOR APPLICATION AS A BALLOON FILM MATERIAL PBT IS AN EXTREMELY STRONG, STABLE, AND RELATIVELY INERT POLYMER WITH GOOD UV RESISTANCE AND TOUGHNESS AT COLD TEMPERATURES. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL EXAMINE THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PBT RELEVANT TO THIS APPLICATION AND DETERMINE FILM CHARACTERISTICS WHICH COULD BE IMPROVED. USING BASELINE FILM MECHANICAL TEST DATA, THIS PHASE I EFFORT ALSO INCLUDES INITIAL STEPS TO MODIFY THE FILM FOR BALLOON APPLICATIONS. IF PHASE I SHOWS PROMISE, PHASE II WILL DEVELOP AND EXPAND FILM FABRICATION TECHNIQUES, FURTHER DEVELOP SEALING METHODS AND ESTABLISH AN APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR A PROTOTYPE PBT BALLOON.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Richard W. Lusingnea
Investigator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Foster-miller Inc.
350 Second Ave Waltham, MA 02254

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