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Industrial Scale Production of Celestial Body Simulants

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095852
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Zybek Advanced Products, Inc.
2845 29th Street Boulder, CO 80301-1228
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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
 

Abstract:

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:Â? 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. Â? 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 costtarget specified in the original solicitation. Â? ZAP will deliver 1 metric ton of research grade Highlands type lunar simulant. Â? ZAP will deliver a documented process for producing low-cost, bulk mare simulants. After phase 2 project, estimated cost is: $5,000 per ton. Â? ZAP will testand 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
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mike@zybekap.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Weinstein
Project Manager
3035302727
mike@zybekap.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Zybek Advanced Products, Inc.
2845 29th Street Boulder, CO 80301-1228

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