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Mutlifunctional Energy Storage-Structure Modules for Advanced Space Structures

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77586
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054186
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127-4107
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Mutlifunctional Energy Storage-Structure Modules for Advanced Space Structures
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG06LA33C
Award Amount: $69,934.00
 

Abstract:

ITN Energy Systems, Inc., in collaboration with the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware, proposes to design and develop multifunctional structure-battery panels for next generation space structures than can be integrated into exploration vehicles or space habitats. The multifunctional panels significantly reduce parasitic mass and volume thereby significantly increasing mission capability for future space missions.In its on-going pursuit of lightweight, low-cost systems, the space industry has made significant investments in "high payoff" technologies such as composite structures and high energy-density batteries. These individual technologies are now "mature", and are "standard" for most new space designs. Additional investment in these areas would yield only a few percent improvements over current performance. Faced with these "diminishing returns", it is clear that future progress demands revolutionary new concepts for space subsystems.ITN believes that this challenge can best be met using Multifunctional Structures (MFS). Structure and electrical power are the two heaviest subsystems on space platforms. In addition, batteries often represent the most voluminous component of the spacecraft bus. Therefore, structure and batteries have been the subject of intense R&D in efforts to reduce mass and improve performance.

Principal Investigator:

Brian Berland
Principal Investigator
3032855111
bberland@itnes.com

Business Contact:

Janet Casteel
Manager, Business Relations
3032855111
jcasteel@itnes.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway Littleton, CO 80127

EIN/Tax ID: 841582609
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No