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Suit Simulator (S3) for Partial Gravity EVA Experimentation and Training

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95383
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094247
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X11
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Suit Simulator (S3) for Partial Gravity EVA Experimentation and Training
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD23P
Award Amount: $99,875.00
 

Abstract:

Aurora Flight Sciences, along with MIT consultants Professor Dava Newman and Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, propose to develop an EVA space suit simulator for use in partial gravity training and experimentation. Our space suit simulator will provide a lightweight, low form-factor solution to microgravity and partial gravity EVA experimentation and training. We will utilize magnetorheological (MR) fluids as our damping device in order to minimize weight and space, and will careful select supplementary stiffness devices to best emulate the mechanical properties of the EMU. We propose to develop this simulator by first characterizing the joint torque requirements using MIT's unique database of joint torques obtained from 1990 to present with the Robotic Space Suit Tester (RSST). After conducting this literature survey, we will obtain test samples of MR fluids and stiffness components, in order to recognize the best method of simulating the mechanical characteristics of a pressurized EMU. These stiffness and damping components will be tested on MIT's RSST in a simplified configuration (single-axis joint) to verify consistent emulation of the EMU joint. Identification of the stiffness and damping technologies will allow us to provide a top-level conceptual design of a full space suit simulator, including all joints as well as the garment in its entirety.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jessica Edmonds
Principal Investigator
6175000552
jduda@aurora.aero

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
6175000536
shart@aurora.aero
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No