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Development of a Liner-less Storage Tank for the Space Based Laser System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
58979
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0687
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Development of a Liner-less Storage Tank for the Space Based Laser System
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F29601-02-C-0203
Award Amount: $69,991.00
 

Abstract:

"Innovative materials and manufacturing processes are required to meet the performance and cost objectives of current space-based NMD and TMD system programs. One example is the use of polymer matrix composites for the reactant storage tanks aboard theLaser Payload Element (LPE) of the Space Based Laser (SBL) satellite. Currently evolving designs include aluminum clad polymer matrix composite tanks with metallic liners. Materials are needed that offer comparable performance to polymer matrix compositetanks in strength and stiffness, but with superior operating temperature capability and without the drawbacks of outgassing, metallic liners or exterior cladding for micro-meteorite protection. Touchstone Research Laboratory has developed a uniquematerial form and manufacturing method that provides an innovative and affordable solution to the challenges given above. The innovation consists of an aluminum matrix composite (AMC) with continuous, high strength alumina fibers in "prepreg" form that isconsolidated using a patented brazing process. This technology has broad applications within space-based satellite systems, providing stiffened structures for Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing (ATP) subsystems and stable platforms for optics and beamcontrol. It also provides a liner-less alternative to current PMC tank design. Other applications of interest for space based systems include interstages and farings. Touchstone's Brazed AMC tec

Principal Investigator:

Brian L. Gordon
Program Manager
3045475800
blg@trl.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Joseph
President
3045475800
bej@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No