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Three Dimensionally Reinforced Membranes for Space Inflatables & Deployables

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
54971
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
992626
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GSSL Inc
PO Box 909 Tillamook, OR 97141-0909
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Three Dimensionally Reinforced Membranes for Space Inflatables & Deployables
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $599,610.00
 

Abstract:

NASA's Ultra Long Duration Balloon and Aerobot programs are seeking innovative and cost effective solutions to provide: high strength to weight composite envelope materials; efficient cost-effective seaming and fabrication techniques; deployment and inflation of balloon envelopes in planetary atmospheres; and innovative balloon design concepts. The proposed 3DR technology can meet all these challenges by providing: locally reinforced materials to optimize strength to weight; innovative gore fabrication and joining techniques to produce almost seamless structures; envelopes designed to efficiently handle multiple loading conditions including deployment and inflation; and adaptability to wide range of innovative designs and shapes. The project's phase I objectives include analysis of factors for a prototype mission, definition of the required process, design specifications, cost estimates and a Phase II fabrication plan. The Phase I effort evaluates the feasibility and develops the specifications for a prototype design. The Phase II effort demonstrates the technology with a prototype that is designed and tested for an actual mission. The successful Phase II demonstration will trigger the necessary investment to develop a commercially viable technology. NASA's investment in this cross enterprise technology supports several of its critical thrust areas and provides an enabling technology for new innovative applications.

Principal Investigator:

Tim Lachenmeier
President
tim@gsslinc.com

Business Contact:

Tim Lachenmeier
President
5036812196
tim@gsslinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GSSL, Inc.
284 NE Tralee Court Hillsboro, OR 97124

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