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Extreme Temperature Gearhead

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
NY New York, NY 10001-2320
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Extreme Temperature Gearhead
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CB26C
Award Amount: $599,356.00


In response to the need for actuators that can operate in the harsh Venusian environment for extended periods of time, Honeybee Robotics conducted extensive research and testing to resolve the tall poles in developing an extreme temperature gear. During the Phase I effort, multiple gear material and lubrication candidates were tested under load in Venus-like conditions (486<SUP>o</SUP>C temperature and mostly CO2 gas environment). Test results verified the feasibility of a design and confirmed that, with proper material and lubrication selection, the gear head could operate at 486<SUP>o</SUP>C for an extended period of time. In a potential Phase II effort, material and lubrication study will continue as well as a high temperature bearing study. At the end of the Phase II, an extreme environment actuator, including a HT motor, HT sensor for commutation and multi-stage HT gear head, will be developed and tested to TRL 6.

Principal Investigator:

Jerri Ji
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Chris Chapman
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Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
NY New York, NY 10001-2320

EIN/Tax ID: 880193033
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No