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Innovative Ground Habitats for Lunar Operational Outpost (IGLOO)

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95565
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095705
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X4
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
2780 Skypark Drive Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Innovative Ground Habitats for Lunar Operational Outpost (IGLOO)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CF08P
Award Amount: $99,908.00
 

Abstract:

NextGen Aeronautics, Inc. is proposing an alternate architecture for inflatable lunar habitats that takes advantage of inflatable beam technologies currently being used in various military, aerospace, and commercial applications. Current technology uses a fiber-reinforced elastomeric composite capable of containing high gas pressure, giving the beams the strength needed to form a robust structure that can withstand being buried by regolith for radiation/micrometeorite protection. NextGen's novel approach is to join multiple beams, forming a continuous cellular arched structures or a series of connected rings to form cylinders. Key advantages of this approach include: ability of structure to maintain strength and stiffness independent of pressure in habitable volume, double wall construction preventing puncture of internal/external wall, ability to isolate leaks in affected elements without compromising habitat pressure or structural integrity, possible use of water or other radiation absorbing material to fill beams, and relative ease of creating a rigid structure by filling the beams with foam. We will achieve TRL of 2 in Phase I and technology transition to TRL of 5 in Phase II. NextGen team's strength lies in related prior work, and with investigators who have an exceptional background in inflatable structures and low-stowed volume designs.

Principal Investigator:

Laila Ashegian
Principal Investigator
3106268360
skpshi@nextgenaero.com

Business Contact:

Zoltan Feher
Business Official
3106268384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NextGen Aeronautics, Inc.
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400 Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 030404178
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No