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  1. GaAs JFETs for Extremely Low-Noise, Deep Cryogenic Sensor Readout

    SBC: GPD Optoelectronics Corporation            Topic: S104

    Ultrasensitive sensors used in NASAs scientific missions (for example infrared sensors) typically require operation at deep cryogenic temperatures for optimum performance. However, to make full use of their performance requires an ultralow-noise preamplifier co-located in the same, or a nearby, cryogenic environment at liquid-helium (~1-4 K) or sub-Kelvin temperatures. A severe impediment to makin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. New Class of Multi-Channel Spectrometers Based on Diffraction Grating Array

    SBC: LightSmyth Technologies            Topic: S108

    Remote chemical analysis via spectroscopy is an important tool in the arsenal or Earth and Planetary Science. Grating technology, which is the centerpiece of most modern spectroscopy systems, has not change significantly in the last 60 years since introduction of holographic gratings. Recently LightSmyth introduced new technology for design and fabrication of diffraction grating elements based on ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Very Low-Cost, Rugged, High-Vacuum System for Mass Spectrometers

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S109

    NASA, DoD, DHS, and commercial industry have a pressing need for miniaturized, rugged, low-cost high-vacuum systems. Recent advances in sensor technology at NASA and other government laboratories, in academia, and in industry have led to the development of very small mass spectrometer detectors as well as other analytical instruments such as scanning electronic microscopes. However, the vacuum s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. A Novel, Ultra-Light, Heat Rejection System for Nuclear Power Generation

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X802

    For lunar-based fission power systems that will support In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) or Mars robotic and manned missions, power requirements may vary from 10s to 100s of kWe to support initial human missions and longer term lunar bases. Due to the large amounts of waste heat generated by these systems, a key consideration is the development of lightweight, highly efficient heat rejection s ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Lightweight, Flexible, and Freezable Heat Pump/Radiator for EVA Suits

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X1101

    Manned lunar exploration will require extravehicular activity (EVA) suits that surpass existing technology. We propose an innovative thermal control system for EVA suits that uses an absorption heat pump with a flexible radiator that offers reduced size, lighter weight, conformability, rugged construction, and freeze tolerance. The heat pump absorbs a crew member's metabolic heat and rejects it ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Efficient, Long-Life Biocidal Condenser

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X1101

    Environmental control systems for manned lunar and planetary bases will require condensing heat exchangers to control humidity in manned modules. Condensing surfaces must be hydrophilic to ensure efficient operation and biocidal to prevent growth of microbes in the moist, condensing environment. The coatings must be extremely stable and adhere to the condensing surface for many years. We propos ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. The Affordable Pre-Finishing of Silicon Carbide for Optical Applications

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S205

    Creare proposes to develop a novel, laser-assisted, pre-finishing process for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coated silicon-carbide ceramics. Our innovation will enable the affordable single-point turning of CVD silicon carbide from a near-net shape blank to a pre-finished aspheric optic. We will use our extensive experience and expertise in the advanced machining of ceramics to establish the p ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Advanced, Long-Life Cryocooler Technology for Zero-Boil-Off Cryogen Storage

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X901

    Long-life, high-capacity cryocoolers are a critical need for future space systems utilizing stored cryogens. The cooling requirements for planetary and extraterrestrial exploration missions, Crew Exploration Vehicles, extended-life orbital transfer vehicles, and space depots will range from 10 to 50 W at temperatures between 20 and 120 K. Turbo-Brayton cryocoolers are ideal for these systems bec ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Lightweight Magnetic Cooler with a Reversible Circulator

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S403

    NASA's future missions to investigate the structure and evolution of the universe require highly efficient, very low temperature coolers for low-noise detector systems. We propose to develop a highly efficient, lightweight space magnetic cooler that can continuously provide remote/distributed cooling at temperatures in the range of 2 K with a heat sink at about 15 K. The proposed magnetic cooler ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Variable Speed Rotor System

    SBC: Peregrine Power LLC            Topic: A210

    Variable speed rotors will give helicopters several advantages: higher top speed, greater fuel efficiency, momentary emergency over-power, resonance detuning capability and a reduction in noise. The applicant proposes to develop such a system using a doubly-fed planetary gear box with advanced SiC-based power electronics and motors. The new components enabling variable speed will be rated at a f ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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