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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. Fiber-Coupled Spectrometer for TPS Materials

    SBC: Electrodynamic Applications Inc            Topic: A206

    EDA, Inc., in partnership with Penn State, has shown previously that the concept of embedding fiber optics within ablative TPS material has merit and should yield a successful implementation of a spectrometer "window" during a Phase-II development program.Optical instrumentation, such as optical spectrometers would provide benchmark data for fundamental flow, radiation, and materials mod ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Reaction Wheel with Embedded MEMS IMU

    SBC: Milli Sensor Systems and Actuators, Inc.            Topic: S405

    Reaction wheels are used to stabilize satellites and to slew their orientation from object to object with precision and accuracy by varying the rotational speed of the wheels. Three or four wheels are usually used with three of them aligned along orthogonal axes. The degree to which pointing stability is achieved depends on the stability of the wheels' angular momentum vectors while spinning, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Robotic Vehicle Proxy Simulation

    SBC: Energid Technologies Corporation            Topic: X101

    Energid Technologies proposes the development of a digital simulation to replace robotic vehicles in field studies. It will model the dynamics, terrain interaction, sensors, control, communications, and interfaces of a robotic vehicle with the goal of supporting validation and training. The simulation will be very easy to use by simple execution on a networked PC. It will connect to NASA's ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Fast Neutron Dosimeter for the Space Environment

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: X1401

    Model calculations and risk assessment estimates indicate that secondary neutrons, with energies ranging between 0.5 to>150 MeV, make a significant contribution to the total absorbed dose received by space crews during long duration space missions [1-3]. Advanced scintillation materials, which exhibit radiation type and mass dependent emission times, coupled to SSPM detectors, provide the optim ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Magnesium Based Rockets for Martian Exploration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S308

    In the proposed Phase II program, we will continue the development of Mg bipropellant rockets for Martian PAV applications. In Phase I, we proved the feasibility of this game-changing technology. Through chemical analysis, we determined that Mg can be combusted with CO2 condensed in-situ from the Martian atmosphere to yield Isp ~240 s. We then successfully demonstrated a low fidelity Mg-CO2 roc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Advanced Bayesian Methods for Lunar Surface Navigation

    SBC: Autonomous Exploration, Inc.            Topic: O403

    The key innovation of this project is the application of advanced Bayesian methods to integrate real-time dense stereo vision and high-speed optical flow with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to produce a highly accurate planetary rover navigation system. The software developed in this project leverages current computing technology to implement advanced Visual Odometry (VO) methods that will acc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Low Mass Low Power Hall Thruster System

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S304

    In NASA is seeking an electric propulsion system capable of producing 20mN thrust with input power up to 1000W and specific impulse ranging from 1600-3500 seconds. The key technical challenge of the topic is the target mass of 1kg for the thruster and 2kg for the power processor (PPU). In Phase 1 Busek develop an overall subsystem design for the thruster/cathode, PPU and XFS. The feasibility of ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. High Efficiency Hall Thruster Discharge Power Converter

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S304

    Busek leveraged previous, internally sponsored, high power, Hall thruster discharge converter development which allowed it to design, build, and test new printed circuit board converter within this Phase 1 effort. The new converter consists of two series or parallel boards (slices) intended to power NASA GRC HiVHAC thruster or other similarly sized EP devices. The converter accepts 80 to 160V in ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Space Suit Simulator (S3) for Partial Gravity EVA Experimentation and Training

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: X1102

    Pressurized space suits impose high joint torques on the wearer, reducing mobility for upper and lower body motions. Using actual space suits in training or experimentation is problematic due to the expense, bulk, weight, and difficulty in donning/doffing. The goal of this project was to demonstrate a novel method for simulating space suit joint torques, which are non-linear and vary with angula ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. A Quantum Cascade Laser-Based CO Sensor for Fire Warning

    SBC: Maxion Technologies, Inc.            Topic: X204

    Maxion Technologies, Inc. (Maxion) proposes to develop and field test a Carbon Monoxide (CO)-sensor prototype for post fire cleanup and CO detection. The sensor will have the dynamic range required to detect and monitor CO from approximately 1 to 500 ppmv with a resolution to 1 ppmv. Maxion will grow, fabricate and test a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) at a unique single-mode wavelength ideal for CO ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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