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Characterizing and Manufacturing Multifunctional Radiation Shielding Materials

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77660
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054779
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Characterizing and Manufacturing Multifunctional Radiation Shielding Materials
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL06AA47P
Award Amount: $69,998.00
 

Abstract:

This project addresses two vital problems for long-term space travelactivities: radiation shielding and hydrogen storage for power and propulsion. While both problems have been studied for many years, there is currently no satisfactory technology for providing adequate non-parasitic shielding. Even in low-Earth orbit, astronauts must be closely monitored for radiation exposure, and some missions simply cannot be performed due to the current inability to adequately shield astronauts (e.g. Mars or surface Lunar bases). The overall objective of the proposed project is to implement a new manufacturing technique for the fabrication of monolithic sorbent modules for hydrogen storage and radiation shielding. We will evaluate the resulting process for quality control in terms of shape and size consistency. We will work with Boeing on component and system characterization of elemental composition, mechanical strength, and other functional properties. AFR will explore, in partnership with ATMI, an alternate commercialization strategy, described in the proposal. During the process and product assessment, we will coordinate possible commercial ventures with Boeing and ATMI. Previously, a prototype system was operated at two accelerators, demonstrating both operational effectiveness and the ability to significantly reduce the energy of high energy particles (48 GeV Ti ions and various energy protons).

Principal Investigator:

Eric Rubenstein
Principal Investigator
8605289806
ericr@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Serio
President/Business Official
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No