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In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76784
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
041371
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973-9064
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM06AA12C
Award Amount: $599,773.00
 

Abstract:

Makel Engineering and BAE Systems propose to develop processes to manufacture plastics and composites for radiation shielding based on In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU). The production of plastics and composites will also serve as feedstock for In Situ Manufacturing of a variety of useful components, such as inflatable structures, replacement parts, etc. The direction set to NASA by the President on January 2004 placed high emphasis on a robust space exploration program. Affordable planning and execution of prolonged manned space missions depend upon the utilization of local resources (e.g., soil, atmosphere, etc.) and the waste products which are formed in manned spacecraft and surface bases. The purpose of the investigation is to develop materials and associated processing technologies for habitat structure on planetary surfaces to effectively shield humans and sensitive electronics such as solar arrays and integrated circuits from the harmful effect of deep space radiation environment. Unlike Earth, on the Lunar or Martian surface, there is practically no protection from primary deep space radiation sources such as Solar Particle Events (SPEs) and Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs). SPEs produce intermittent and extremely high fluxes of charged energetic particles associated with major solar flares.

Principal Investigator:

Darby Makel
Principal Investigator
5308952771
dmakel@makelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Darby Makel
Business Official
5308952771
dmakel@makelengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973

EIN/Tax ID: 680374879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No