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Flexible Transpiration Cooled Thermal Protection System for Inflatable…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77638
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054039
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ANDREWS SPACE, INC.
505 5th Ave S Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Flexible Transpiration Cooled Thermal Protection System for Inflatable Atmospheric Capture and Entry Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND07AA06C
Award Amount: $599,724.00
 

Abstract:

Andrews Space, Inc. proposes an innovative transpiration cooled aerobrake TPS design that is thermally protective, structurally flexible, and lightweight. This innovative design will meet launch volume constraints and satisfy terminal aerobraking requirements. The approach will focus on transpiration cooling of a flexible material and employs preceramic polymers and active filler technologies as key features of the TPS design. The major hurdle to inflatable aerobrakes becoming reality is the development of a lightweight and structurally flexible TPS. Alternative designs have focused on complex multilayering to increase the effective emissivity of the material, whereas Andrews Space will focus on reducing the thickness, thus decreasing the overall system mass. By combining well understood materials with an innovative, flexible, transpiration cooled TPS, a realizable inflatable aerobrake system has been developed which shows up to 56% mass savings over traditional, rigid aeroshells and 23% over other leading designs.

Principal Investigator:

Dana F. Andrews
Principal Investigator
2064380630
dandrews@andrews-space.com

Business Contact:

Marian M. Joh
Chief Executive Officer
2064380600
mjoh@andrews-space.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Andrews Space & Technology
505 5th Avenue South, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104

EIN/Tax ID: 912103138
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No