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Lightweight Rubbery Aerogel Composites for High Performance Protection

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83737
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
060535
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: 2007
Title: Lightweight Rubbery Aerogel Composites for High Performance Protection
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ07JB38C
Award Amount: $99,982.00
 

Abstract:

Aspen Aerogels Inc. (AAI) and the Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose to develop nanostructured, lightweight, rubbery aerogel composites for multifunctional insulation materials which will significantly improve advanced extravehicular activity (EVA) systems and habitats. The proposed rubbery aerogel composite materials will exhibit excellent flexibility, toughness and durability, versatility, and hardness, along with the low density and superior thermal insulation properties associated with the nanopored structure of aerogels. The flexible rubbery behavior of the proposed materials will overcome the weak, brittle, and dusty nature of conventional inorganic and organic aerogels. The proposed high-performance, lightweight, rubbery aerogel composites will provide superior thermal insulation and inherent radiation protection suitable for NASA advanced extravehicular activity (EVA) suits and exploration habitat protection. Insulating aerogel composites are also applicable to NASA's space hardware and vehicles as well as many other aerospace, military, and commercial insulation applications.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. JeKyun Lee
Principal Investigator
jekyun@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Heather Crouse
Business Official
5086911161
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
Research Institution Information:
Man Vehicle Lab
Room 33-307, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2139
Contact Phone: (617) 258-8799
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university