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Compressor for Efficient On-Orbit Gas Transfer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PA999
Agency Tracking Number: 221870
Amount: $149,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z10
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-25
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 (603) 640-2405
Business Contact
 Jennifer Hammond
Phone: (603) 640-2317
Research Institution

On-orbit transfer of gaseous propellant is a critical technology for extending the useful life of satellites. A key component needed for on-orbit refueling is a compressor that can efficiently move gas from a resupply vessel to the propellant tank on board a satellite. High efficiency requires a very high pressure ratio, and operation on orbit requires that the compressor be compact, lightweight, and highly reliable. We propose to develop a miniature, high pressure ratio compressor that meets these requirements. Our technology can efficiently transfer gas to a high-pressure receiver tank using a highly reliable compression mechanism. In Phase I, we will prove feasibility through demonstration testing of key components and materials, analysis and assessment of key design tradeoffs, detailed conceptual design, and predictions of performance. In Phase II, we will build and demonstrate a full-size, flight-like prototype compressor.

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