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Multifunctional Flexible Aerogels for Inflatable Habitats

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88009
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
075272
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: 2008
Title: Multifunctional Flexible Aerogels for Inflatable Habitats
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CB59P
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

In 2005, President George W. Bush issued a Vision for Space Exploration that included a return to the lunar surface by as early as 2015. This mission is expected to undertake far more ambitious activities than those of the previous Apollo mission, possibly involving medium to long term lunar habitation. The use of inflatable structures for large-volume crew habitation on the lunar surface has proven to be an effective technology to maximize payload volumes and reduce overall launch costs. NASA is currently seeking cutting edge material technologies that can simplify the construction of these habitats and provide for enhanced performance. Aspen Aerogels proposes to develop novel hybrid aerogel materials that are able to simultaneously provide for thermal, micrometeoroid and radiation protection in one single layer. Chemical modifications in the sol-gel preparation of aerogel materials are expected to afford hybrids materials that will combine the durability and thermal performance of a standard silica aerogel with the flexibility, resilience and radiation protection properties of a polymeric material.

Principal Investigator:

Owen Evans
Principal Investigator
5084663104
oevans@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Kevin Schmidt
VP, Operations
5086911161
contracts@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