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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. A Compact, Efficient Pyrolysis/Oxidation System for Solid Waste Resource Recovery in Space

    SBC: Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.            Topic: X203

    Both pyrolysis and oxidation steps have been considered as the key solid waste processing step for a Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS). Pyrolysis is more amenable to handling mixed solid waste streams in a microgravity environment, but produces a more complex product stream. Oxidation (incineration) produces a simpler product stream, but the oxidation of mixed solids is a complex u ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Modified Collins Cryocooler for Cryo-Propellant Thermal Management

    SBC: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.            Topic: T402

    Future lunar and planetary explorations will require the storage of cryogenic propellants, particularly liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2), in low earth orbit (LEO) for periods of time ranging from days to months, and possibly longer. LEO is a relatively warm thermal environment and without careful thermal management, significant quantities of stored liquid cryogens can be lost due to ...

    STTR Phase II 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Non-Dispersive Atomic Absorption System for Engine Health Monitoring

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: T1001

    We propose to design, construct and test a first implementation of a non-dispersive technique for the measurement of atomic absorption in the plumes of liquid rocket engines in altitude test facilities. Led by NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC), the observation of metal atom emission from liquid rocket engine exhausts at sea level conditions has become a highly successful health monitoring technique ...

    STTR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Spacecraft Cabin Particulate Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: X303

    We have built and tested an optical extinction monitor for the detection of spacecraft cabin particulates. This sensor sensitive to particle sizes ranging from a few nanometer to tens of micrometers in diameter. Designed to utilize commercial off- the-shelf components, the monitor, once calibrated, requires minimal recalibration and only periodic baseline determinations, a process which can be aut ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Multispectral Particle Absorption Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: S108

    This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project concerns the development of a multi-wavelength monitor that will provide rapid, real-time measurement of the average aerosol absorption coefficient in a parcel of sample air. This monitor will employ Aerodyne's patented Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift (CAPS) technology in order to produce a far simpler, smaller, lower cost alternative to more ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. An Ultra-Sensitive, Size Resolved Particle Mass Measurement Device

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: A202

    The characterization of aircraft particulate matter (PM) emissions has benefited greatly by the Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) by providing size resolved compositional information. AMS data have been critical to much of our understanding of aircraft PM emissions, but it has limited utility in probing the smallest (

    SBIR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Interchangeable Bearings for Profile and Weight Trade Studies

    SBC: AIR-LOCK, INCORPORATED            Topic: X503

    Air-Lock, Incorporated is proposing to design fully sealed shoulder and arm bearings with interchangeable bearing housings. The interchangeable housings shall be utilized in trade studies to determine the optimal bearing profile and weight relative to the shoulder and arm position. It is assumed that the next generation of NASA pressure suits will require the crewmember to utilize their suit in ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. High-Bandwidth Photon-Counting Detectors with Enhanced Near-Infrared Response

    SBC: aPeak Inc.            Topic: O106

    Laser optical communications offer the potential to dramatically increase the link bandwidth and decrease the emitter power in long-range space communications. Newest system designs require photon-counting arrays operated at high detection efficiency, tens of picoseconds temporal resolution, and capability to handle high detection rates at the wavelength of the laser beam. We propose to develop a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. A Thermal-Electrically Cooled Quantum-Dot Middle-Wave Infrared Photodetector with High Quantum Efficiency and Photodetectivity


    Middle-wave infrared (LWIR, 3.2-3.6 ƒÝm) photodetectors with a high specific photodetectivity (D*) are of great importance in NASA¡¦slidar and remote sensing applications. However, existing MWIR photodetectors are required to be operated at low temperature of below 77K to achieve high photodetectivity (D*). The requirement for cryogenic cooling systems adds cost, weight and reliability issues, ...

    STTR Phase I 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Computational Model and Measurement Tool for Evaluating the Design of Flight Deck Technologies

    SBC: APTIMA, INC.            Topic: A112

    The runway safety issue has been on the Most Wanted list of the National Transportation Safety Board since the list's inception in 1990. The FAA has responded by implementing two ground surveillance technologies at major U.S. airports to reduce the risk of runway incursions. However, both technologies route information through air traffic control (rather than directly to pilots), which significant ...

    SBIR Phase II 2009 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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