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Foamed Antenna Support for Very Large Apertures

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
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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: 2008
Title: Foamed Antenna Support for Very Large Apertures
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC67P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The proposed Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of the in-space production of large aperture antenna structures. The use of a novel open cell foam, previously developed for NASA space antennas, will allow the deployment of reflectors at low cost and very low transport volume compared to currently used technologies like solid metal or mesh reflector. The use of a foam substrate also dampens thermal expansion distortions of the reflector shape, assuring high surface accuracy. The shape accuracy of the antenna will be ensured by using Rigidization on CommandTM technology to form a rigid mold from an inflatable. This approach allows to verify the correct antenna shape before the structure is stabilized using foam. The development effort will be supported by computer modeling of the necessary strength parameters for a very large antenna structure based on foam support.

Principal Investigator:

Jan-Michael Gosau
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Susan Switzer
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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