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Advanced Cookware and Techniques for Food Preparation at Reduced Pressure and…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95499
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094481
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X13
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973-9064
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Cookware and Techniques for Food Preparation at Reduced Pressure and Gravity
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CE41P
Award Amount: $99,206.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop detailed design requirements for adapting COTS cooking appliances for meal preparation under Lunar 8 psia ambient conditions, and to produce one or more prototype devices required for a Lunar galley by modifying commercial off the shelf consumer kitchen appliances to hold Earth ambient pressure safely in an oxygen-enriched, 8 psi space habitat. The modified devices will be use-tested to determine labor requirements for selected food preparation tasks in modified vs. unmodified equipment. Finally, foods prepared at earth ambient pressure and 8 psi ambient pressure in the same equipment will be sensory tested to elucidate differences in flavor, texture, and overall acceptability. The proof-of-concept prototypes produced in this project will be suitable for testing food preparation in lunar habitat analogues. They will be designed for use under positive, zero or negative pressure to serve multiple research purposes, including preparation of foods under 8 psi ambient pressure, and fire safety testing in the habitat atmosphere.

Principal Investigator:

Susana Carranza
Principal Investigator
5125890718
scarranza@makelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Susana Carranza
Business Official
5125890718
scarranza@makelengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973

EIN/Tax ID: 680374879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No