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Lightweight Metal Rubber Wire and Cable for Space Power Systems

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
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Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Lightweight Metal Rubber Wire and Cable for Space Power Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CI12P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The objective of this NASA STTR program is to produce ultra-lightweight electrical wire and cable harnesses to reduce the liftoff weight of future space flight vehicles. In cooperation with materials scientists at Texas A & M, NanoSonic would develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight Metal Rubber- and carbon nanotube-based rubber (CNT Rubber) wire and cables with performance equivalent to that of conventional copper cables but with only 10% the weight. Wiring harnesses contribute significant weight load to the spacecraft structure. Ultra-lightweight Metal Rubber and CNT Rubber wires and cables can reduce that weight while offering comparable or superior electrical power and data transmission performance and EMI resistance. During Phase I, NanoSonic would design, fabricate and test lightweight Metal Rubber and CNT Rubber wire and cable prototypes. Texas A & M's nanotechnology laboratory would co-develop methods for CNT Rubber production and evaluate resulting material properties. The conducting core and outer shielding layers would be fabricated by molecular-level self-assembly. Electrically-conducting cable shielding tape layers would be dimensioned using CAD-driven templating equipment at NanoSonic. Wire and cable would be manufactured using wire feed, dielectric extrusion and shielding tape winding steps. NanoSonic is working with a major U.S. cable manufacturer and a major U.S. spacecraft prime contractor on this program.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Claus
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Lisa B. Lawson
Contracts Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541877635
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Texas A&M
3126 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3126
Contact: Kennith Meissner