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Si-O-C Aerogels for TPS of Reentry Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76796
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
042323
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Si-O-C Aerogels for TPS of Reentry Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM06AA16C
Award Amount: $599,997.00
 

Abstract:

NASA has expressed a need to identify and develop breakthrough technologies that have potential to provide increased scientific return at lower cost, and to enable missions and capabilities beyond current horizons. To make these missions feasible, advanced thermal materials are needed as thermal protection system (TPS) materials for reentry. For this Phase II SBIR project, Aspen Aerogels Inc. proposes to develop particularly innovative, lightweight silicon oxycarbide aerogels (SiCxO2-2x) that will advance the state-of-the-art for thermal protection systems (TPS) for reentry vehicles. Aerogels are lightweight materials with exceptional insulating capabilities. Because of their low thermal conductivities and lightweight, the inclusion of aerogel based insulation materials in TPS will result in significant weight savings over the current baseline construction. During the proposed effort we will optimize the aerogel composites developed during the Phase I effort for use as high temperature insulation for reusable launce vehicles. The Phase II program will focus on complete characterization and testing so that aerogels can be qualified for use as insulation materials on reentry vehicles. The mechanical, and thermal properties of the silicon oxycarbide aerogels will be fully characterized, and a low-cost, environmentally benign manufacturing process will be used.

Principal Investigator:

Wendell E. Rhine
Principal Investigator
5084663130
wrhine@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Heather Crouse
Business Official
5084815058
hcrouse@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road Northborough, MA 01532

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