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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:
2005 / 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 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM05AA40C
Award Amount: $69,460.00
 

Abstract:

Our proposed Phase I program will develop a reactor system for the synthesis of polyethylene from carbon dioxide and water. The proposed work will result in hardware capable of the in-situ fabrication of high-density polyethylene suitable for the construction of inflatable enclosures and panels, which can be used to construct extraterrestrial habitats. In-situ production of habitat structural materials would result in substantial cost savings compared with transporting the material from Earth. The system will serve as an engineering prototype for for future missions to demonstrate in-situ production of consumables. We expect that the technology to produce ethylene and polyethylene will be sufficiently mature to be considered for demonstration in the 2005 or 2007 programs.Our proposed program addresses two fundamental technology issues:(1) In Situ Synthesis of Hydrocarbon Fuels and Oxygen(2) In Situ Synthesis of Materials for Isolated Habitat Construction and Support.It addresses several key crosscut issues based on the use of In Situ Resources, e.g.,- Life Support for Spacecraft Including Space Station Freedom- Life Support for Lunar and Martian Bases and Colonies- Propellants for Propulsion for Planetary Rovers and Return Vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Darby B. Makel
5308952771
dmakel@makelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Michael Antongiovanni
Business Official
5308795957
mantongiovanni@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