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Light-Curing Structural Tape for In-Space Repair

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77656
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054594
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Light-Curing Structural Tape for In-Space Repair
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNM07AA15C
Award Amount: $600,000.00
 

Abstract:

NASA has numerous requirements for in-space repair capabilities to aid future missions beyond earth orbit. A subset of these requirements is adhesive patch materials that provide permanent or temporary repair of a wide variety of surfaces with minimal surface preparation and that can operate in the space environment. This work will result in the production of a repair kit for in-space applications that forms structural composite patches rapidly and safely with low power. The proposed kit will consist of glass fabric impregnated with a UV light-curing resin stored in a protective dispenser. Cure will be accomplished using a portable, robust light-emitting diode (LED) array. Surface cleaning materials may also be included in the kit. The proposed material will adhere to a variety of surfaces and cure under a variety of environmental conditions including vacuum. Such a repair kit will provide a versatile repair technology for a wide variety of applications, which eliminates having redundant repair approaches in many cases. This work will extend the knowledge base previously attained with the development of similar light-curing materials for rigidization of inflatable spacecraft. That prior work will greatly benefit the development of the proposed repair kit and reduce programmatic risk.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald E. Allred
Principal Investigator
5053461685
reallred@comcast.net

Business Contact:

Susan S. Switzer
Business Official
5053461685
adherenttech@comcast.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

EIN/Tax ID: 850397689
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No