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Ultra-lightweight Aerogel Superinsulation for SBL IFX

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
58860
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-1122
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road Building B Northborough, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Ultra-lightweight Aerogel Superinsulation for SBL IFX
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F29601-02-C-0193
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

"A significant investment is made each year in the continued development of increasingly robust and sophisticated heating/cooling technologies for future utilization in a ballistic missile technology program or a major defense acquisition program. However,the effectiveness of thermal management systems is often directly related to the performance of insulation components utilized in their design. Accordingly, the commercial availability of (completely passive) thermal super-insulation material is anessential step toward realizing BMDO goals for thermal management on missile defense systems. In addition to protecting sensitive structures and subsystems from direct solar heating, some space platforms for missile defense will require years of storageof large amounts of cryogen with minimum cryogenic loss. For instance, the Space-Based Laser Integrated Flight Experiment (SBL IFX), scheduled for deployment in the 2012 time-frame, has requirements to protect sensitive optical components as well as otherstructural components (fluid storage tanks) from excess heating due to exposure to the Sun and the Earth's albedo. Lightweight thermal insulation materials will enable the thermal subsystem of the SBL IFX to minimize power consumption while maintainingcritical temperature control of key components without exceeding launch vehicle lift capabilities. Aerogel superinsulation systems will find use on critical structures of the space-basedlas

Principal Investigator:

George Gould
Senior Scientist
5084815058
glgould@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Kang P. Lee
Chairman and CTO
5084815058
klee@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
188 CEDAR HILL STREET MARLBOROUGH, MA 01752

EIN/Tax ID: 043559972
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No