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Industrial Scale Production of Celestial Body Simulants

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Industrial Scale Production of Celestial Body Simulants
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CC13C
Award Amount: $587,170.00


The technical objectives of this program are to develop a cost-effective process to deliver Celestial body simulants for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the technical objectives of this project are:?Deliver 3 metric tons of a lunar Mare simulant. A portion of the simulant will be bulk, excavation-grade that is compatible to the now depleted JSC-1a. Another portion of the simulant will be a technical grade simulant that has the proper amounts of glass and agglutinates included. Finally, a titanium-rich Mare will be produced. The correct concentrations of titanium are critical for mechanical and chemical process development and testing.?After the 3 metric tons of Mare simulant; be able to produce bulk simulant at $10,000 per ton. This will be 30% better than the NASA cost target specified in the original solicitation.?ZAP will deliver 1 metric ton of research grade Highlands type lunar simulant.?ZAP will deliver a documented process for producing low-cost, bulk mare simulants. After phase 2 project, estimated cost is: $5,000 per ton.?ZAP will test and demonstrate the applicability of the manufacturing process to produce other Celestial body materials. Examples include: Asteroid, Mars, probe reference samples, and dark glass.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Weinstein
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Michael A. Weinstein
Project Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Zybek Advanced Products, Inc.
CO Boulder, CO 80301-1229

EIN/Tax ID: 841298986
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No