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Environmentally Protective Fabrics for Spacesuits

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CJ51P
Agency Tracking Number: 150280
Amount: $124,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24016-1921
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1699
Business Contact
 Shirley Evans
Title: Business Official
Phone: (540) 961-6724
Research Institution
 Dr. Jeff Cheek
 Shirley Evans
NCSU Office of Sponsored Programs
Raleigh, NC 27695-7514
United States

 (540) 961-6724
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Luna is addressing NASA?s need to develop new multifunctional textiles for improved Environmental Protection Garments (EPG). Previous protective suits such as the Apollo era EPG or currently used Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) provide thermal and micrometeoroid protection, but are intended only for short duration use. NASA plans for a future manned Mars mission will potentially require extended protection for up to 500 days. Critical capabilities for these textiles include improved i) dust mitigation to protect from potentially corrosive or abrasive particles in the Martian regolith, ii) cut and puncture resistance to protect the suit bladder from damage from sharp edges of tools and rocks, and iii) durability for extended use. Luna will develop a multifunctional textile composite that will achieve these stringent goals, while maintaining comfort and mobility. Our team will combine several well developed technologies into a practical textile design, which will provide excellent protection from dust, fire, chemical exposure, and cut/puncture. These will be integrated to minimize weight and maximize flexibility such as to not prohibit, degrade, or interfere with the use of equipment.

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