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Titan Balloon Convection Model

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83816
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
066186
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Winzen Engineering, Inc.
23350 Southfork San Antonio, TX 78255-2108
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Titan Balloon Convection Model
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07QA60P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This innovative research effort is directed at determining, quantitatively, the convective heat transfer coefficients applicable to a Montgolfiere balloon operating in an atmosphere simulating that of Titan. It is anticipated that a platform such as this will provide the mobility desired to explore that part of the solar system. Utilizing only the waste heat available from an on board power source, it should be possible to circumnavigate Saturn's largest moon. Accurate knowledge of free convection is essential for predicting the performance and mitigating the risk for such a mission. In order to simulate a volume of gas large enough to inflate a model balloon at 77K, vacuum insulation panels will be used to minimize the thermal losses. At the conclusion of this Phase I effort, a final report will establish the feasibility of this approach and describe the future applications of this technology.

Principal Investigator:

James M. Rand
Principal Investigator
2104155041
winzen@sbcglobal.net

Business Contact:

James L. Rand
President
2104155041
winzen@sbcglobal.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Winzen Engineering, Inc.
23350 Southfork San Antonio, TX 78255

EIN/Tax ID: 742726096
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No