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Intercooled Turbo-Brayton Power Converter for Spaceflight Applications

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105310
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
CREARE, INC.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Intercooled Turbo-Brayton Power Converter for Spaceflight Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE57P
Award Amount: $99,958.00
 

Abstract:

Future NASA space missions require advanced systems to convert thermal energy into electric power. These systems must be reliable, efficient, and lightweight. In response, we propose to develop an intercooled turbo-Brayton power converter with high efficiency and specific power. The converter will use gas bearings to provide reliable, maintenance-free, long-life operation. It will also consist of discrete components that can be packaged to fit optimally with other subsystems, and its continuous gas flow can communicate directly with remote heat sources and heat rejection surfaces without ancillary heat transfer components and intermediate flow loops. Creare is well suited to succeed because we have a long history of developing advanced turbomachines, heat exchangers, and Brayton systems for challenging spaceflight applications. We will complete design analyses, trade studies, fabrication trials, and preliminary designs for the components and converter assembly during Phase I, followed by fabrication and testing of a breadboard converter during Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey J. Breedlove
Principal Investigator
6036433800
jfb@creare.com

Business Contact:

James Barry
President
6036433800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare, Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-3116

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No