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Aerogels For Common Aero Vehicle Payload and Avionics Isolation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-04-C-0160
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3923
Amount: $746,426.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-019
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-08-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-11-17
Small Business Information
184 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
United States
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 George Gould
 (508) 481-5058
Business Contact
 Kang Lee
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Research Institution

Aspen Aerogels, Inc plans to demonstrate an aerogel-based thermally insulating, shock and vibration isolation material intended for use in aerospace payload and avionics applications. The launch weight of the Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) will be reduced, payload volume capacity increased and its operational reliability increased by using flexible aerogel composites over conventional materials. The advantages of the proposed core material over other materials are: · 2-3 fold (or higher) improvement in thermal performance per unit thickness · Density less than 6 pounds per cubic foot · Multifunctional characteristics - thermal insulation, blast protection, shock mitigation During the Phase I program, Aspen Aerogels established the key thermal properties of various flexible aerogel composite blanket materials and identified potential stack-ups of materials. In Phase II, the payload and avionics insulation isolation systems will be designed, optimized and encapsulated. The encapsulated prototypes will be tested against the program's high acoustic levels, high shock loads, and severe vibration loads with guidance from team partner Boeing, a potential vehicle prime contractor for CAV.

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