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Self-Deploying Foam Antenna Structures

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
51942
Program Year/Program:
2001 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
NASASTTR-01-12
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
5505 Foothills Canyon Road Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87111-8346
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Self-Deploying Foam Antenna Structures
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

There is an increasing need for large, reliable, and cost-effective inflatable space antennas for communications applications. This Phase I program will focus on the design and development of open-celled foams as structural elements in self-deploying antenna systems. Foams offer the following significant advantages over conventional materials for these applications: open cellular structure allowing compaction of large structures into small volumes; high dynamic damping, strains due to mechanical movement of the structure (turning moments, etc.) will damp out very rapidly and the spacecraft will return to its required dimensions in a few seconds; restoring force, results in its self-deploying property and its utility as an antenna construction material; and glass transition-based rigidization. The goal of the Phase II follow-on program is the use of an open-celled foam rigidization system in conjunction with specialized high accuracy membrane materials to create a stable ¿eggshell¿ antenna in space. ~000070 ~

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Andrea E Hoyt
5053461688

Business Contact:

Dr. Ronald E Allred
President
5053461685
atiadmin@flash.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino del Sol NE Albuquerque, NM 87111

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Contact: Michael J. Sander
Contact Phone: (818) 354-6998
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)