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Low Cost, Light Weight Materials for Mirrors

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Powder Solutions, Inc
14102 Halprin Creek Drive Cypress, TX 77429-6042
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low Cost, Light Weight Materials for Mirrors
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG08CA02C
Award Amount: $599,992.00


During the phase I program Northwestern and APS, Inc., have manufactured several different materials systems that are lighter than Beryllium and stiffer than Aluminum. These high specific strength materials are also easily fabricated into larger shapes or even net shape processed. The mechanical (tensile and modulus) and thermal physical (CTE, thermal conductivity) property data for several systems never before manufactured, will be presented as well as fabricated coupons, mirrors, structures and other parts will be available for review. Several different diameter parts ranging for 3" to 11" have been demonstrated. These various extremely lightweight systems are easily machined, threaded/joined and have highly variable properties, including variations of thermal conductivity, and radiation hardening/protection capabilities. Phase II will continue with this success for mirrors an dlightweight structure.

Principal Investigator:

Dean Baker
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Dean Baker
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Powder Solutions
10010 Cucklebur Circle Houston, TX 77095

EIN/Tax ID: 203150581
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
633 Clark Street 2-545
Evanston, IL 60208 2900
Contact Phone: (847) 491-3003
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university