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Self Deploying Nitinol LHP Radiator for Small Spacecraft

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90664
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084291
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road Lancaster, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Self Deploying Nitinol LHP Radiator for Small Spacecraft
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD65P
Award Amount: $99,937.00
 

Abstract:

Loop heat pipes are commonly used for heat rejection radiators above a few hundred watts. The LHP condener tubing is embedded in composite panels which are manually deployed. By making the LHP condenser tubing out of shape memory alloy tubing, the radiator becomes self deploying and self contained. It will passively deploy when the payload components begin producing significant heat. This not only eliminates the deployment mechanisms and controls, but also provides more flexible stowing arrangement for the radiators. Very small satellites and spacecraft can now have deployable radiators.

Principal Investigator:

Alfred L. Phillips
Principal Investigator
7175193137
a.l.phillips@thermacore.com

Business Contact:

Nelson J. Gernert
V.P. Engineering & Technology
7175195819
n.j.gernert@thermacore.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road Lancaster, PA 17601

EIN/Tax ID: 262443465
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No