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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Advanced Chemically-Based Actuation for Active Flow Control

    SBC: Virtual Aerosurface Technologies, Inc.            Topic: A104

    The proposed SBIR program by Virtual AeroSurface Technologies (VAST) focuses on the development of a novel variant of pulsed blowing active flow control in which chemically-based flow control actuators are utilized to create high-impulse pulsed jets from discrete reaction chambers with a flowable propellant mixture provided to each. Chemically-based actuation is capable of producing high-impulse ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. HeldenSurface: A CAD Tool to Generate High-Quality Surfaces

    SBC: Helden Aerospace Corporation            Topic: A105

    One of the primary shortcomings identified during the NASA sponsored CFD Vision 2030 Study conducted during 2012-2014 was that the generation of meshes suitable for CFD simulations constitutes a principal bottleneck in the workflow process as it requires significant human intervention. CAD simplification and cleanup is one of the most user-intensive steps of the CFD mesh generation process and it ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Improved UAS Robustness through Augmented Onboard Intelligence

    SBC: Black Swift Technologies LLC            Topic: A109

    This work will focus on the development of a highly capable avionics subsystem and machine learning algorithms to provide early warning of potential failures of critical subsystems on small UAS. This modular system will consist of networked onboard monitoring nodes capable of observing operations and providing notification of off-nominal conditions to the autopilot as well as the operator, mitigat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Extraterrestrial Metals Processing

    SBC: PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS            Topic: H101

    The Extraterrestrial Metals Processing (EMP) system produces iron, silicon, and light metals from Mars, Moon, or asteroid resources in support of advanced human space exploration. Refractory oxides and minor constituents such as sulfur, phosphorus, and alkaline earth oxides are also generated as byproducts and can be used for the refining of finished goods, thereby further reducing dependence on E ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. ISRU CO2 Recovery

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: H101

    Human exploration of Mars and unmanned sample return missions can benefit greatly from the resources available on Mars. The first major step of any Mars in-situ propellant production system is the acquisition of carbon dioxide and its compression for further processing. TDA Research Inc. proposes to develop a compact, lightweight, advanced sorbent-based compressor to recover high-pressure, hig ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. High Capacity Multi-Stage Scroll Compressor for Mars Atmosphere Acquisition

    SBC: Air Squared, Inc.            Topic: H101

    There are several ways to capture and pressurize CO2, including freezing at cryogenic temperatures, mechanical compression, and absorption. Completed studies on each approach, have generally favored cryogenic temperature and mechanical compression solutions. Recently, mechanical compression has gained momentum through the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE), which utilizes an Air Squared compresso ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Advanced Mars Water Acquisition System

    SBC: PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS            Topic: H102

    The Advanced Mars Water Acquisition System (AMWAS) recovers and purifies water from Mars soils for oxygen and fuel production, life support, food production, and radiation shielding in support of human exploration missions. The AMWAS removes water from Mars soils using hot, recirculating carbon dioxide gas to provide rapid heat transfer. The AMWAS evaporates water from ice and salt hydrates, leavi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. H2/He Separation System

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: H1003

    NASA uses an estimated 75 million standard cubic feet of helium (approximately $5M worth) each year for safely purging hydrogen systems before filling and after discharging, and while leak checking, pressurizing lines and blanketing liquid hydrogen storage tanks. Despite its expense, there is no substitute for helium in most of these applications because of its extremely low boiling point and uniq ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. RSim: A Simulation Tool Integrating Radiation Codes and CAD.

    SBC: TECH-X CORPORATION            Topic: H1101

    It is important to NASA engineers to be able to model radiation effects through very complex vehicle structures. This requires (1) integration of modeling tools with Computer Aided Design (CAD); (2) easy and uniform setup of materials, particles sources and tallies; (3) ability to analyze and validate the results across multiple radiation codes. Tech-X will deliver RSim, a across-platform standa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Lightweight, High-Flow, Low Connection-Force, In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Coupling

    SBC: ALTIUS SPACE MACHINES, INC.            Topic: H204

    Three of the key abilities needed for making future NASA and commercial launch and in-space transportation systems more affordable and capable are: a) the ability to "live off of the land" via in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), b) the ability to reuse in-space transportation hardware, and c) the ability to leverage continuing advancements in lower-cost earth-to-orbit transportation. All of these ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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