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Superpressure Tow Balloon for Extending Durations and Modifying Trajectories of…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76658
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040173
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Superpressure Tow Balloon for Extending Durations and Modifying Trajectories of High Altitude Balloon Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG05CA52C
Award Amount: $69,998.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed innovation involves the concept of using a Superpressure Tow Balloon (STB) with existing NASA high altitude balloon designs to form a tandem balloon system that provides significantly higher performance at a relatively low cost. Performance improvements include: longer durations, higher altitudes and greater stability, larger payload percentages, improved trajectory control, and more operational flexibility. The STB and related technology specifically addresses the need for balloon design concepts for long duration missions which can provide: reduced material strength requirements; increased reliability; enhanced performance; reduced manufacturing time; reduced manufacturing cost; and improved mission flexibility. In addition, a STB offers a realistic opportunity for low cost trajectory control by providing effective vertical maneuvering which can strongly influence the horizontal latitude of the balloon's flight path.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy T. Lachenmeier
5038421990
Tim.Lachenmeier@gsslinc.com

Business Contact:

Kristen S. Lachenmeier
Chief Financial Officer
5038421990
lkris@gsslinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GSSL, Inc.
P.O. Box 909 Tillamook, OR 97141

EIN/Tax ID: 931208766
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No