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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Advanced Epitaxial Lift-Off Quantum Dot Photovoltaic Devices

    SBC: Microlink Devices, Inc.            Topic: T301

    We propose to develop a high-efficiency, triple-junction, epitaxial lift-off (ELO) solar cell by incorporating quantum dots (QDs) within the current-limiting subcell. We intend to leverage existing QD epitaxy processes developed by the Rochester Institute of Technology and combine this with MicroLink's expertise in multi-junction cell growth and ELO technology. We will employ QDs to enhance ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Solid-fueled Micro Colloid Thruster

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: T301

    Nanosatellites are receiving increased interest since they are proving reliable for surveillance, communication and other space missions. Also, the possibility of launching "constellations" of them offers unique capabilities for low-cost experimentation, sensing and communications in space. In comparison to larger spacecraft, their development time and costs have reduced and their launch costs a ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Infrared Microspectrometer based on MEOMS Lamellar Grating Interferometer

    SBC: EPIR TECHNOLOGIES INC            Topic: T401

    Infrared spectroscopy is an invaluable detection and measurement tool intensively used in Earth Science, Solar Physics and Astrophysics experiments pursued from satellite platforms. The geometrical characteristics and sensitivity of satellite infrared spectroscopy systems is often determined or limited by their optical elements. Improvements in optical components allow one to reduce the mass and i ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. A Self-Regulating Freezable Heat Exchanger for Spacecraft

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: T601

    A spacecraft thermal control system must keep the cabin (both air and its structure if manned) and electronic equipment within a narrow temperature range even though the environment may vary from very cold to warmer than room temperature. Since water is safe to use and an excellent coolant (other than its high freeze point and volumetric expansion during freeze), a water coolant loop often is use ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Intelligent Radiative Materials

    SBC: PC Krause And Associates, Inc.            Topic: T1002

    An opportunity to boost energy efficiency in homes and buildings exists through the design of functional radiative properties in glass and other building materials. Current surface materials ignore or take first-order approaches to complicated spectral behavior, leading to sub-optimal properties. The sensitivity of material properties to microscale surface structuring creates a design challenge ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Advanced Flow Analysis Tools for Transient Solid Rocket Motor Simulations

    SBC: Tetra Research Corporation            Topic: T901

    The goals of reducing total cost and increasing reliability and safety of access to space continue to be top priorities for NASA. The most immediate propulsion launch challenge involves increasing lift weight from 70 to 130 metric tons by developing the heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS). Solid rocket motor analysis tools are needed to simulate ignition and propellant recession during the burn ...

    STTR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Novel Materials for In-Situ Ablation Sensing

    SBC: Industrial Measurement Systems, Inc.            Topic: AF10BT04

    ABSTRACT: In order to achieve precise guidance, navigation and control in re-entry vehicles, aerodynamic shape must be accurately known throughout the flight trajectory. For this Phase I program an ultrasonic-based technique for real-time, non-intrusive (5 KHz) measurement of recession during ablation will be developed. The system combines the elements of ultrasonic thickness gauging technology w ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of DefenseAir Force
  8. Nonintrusive fiber interferometer for ablative TPS recession measurement

    SBC: Electrodynamic Applications Inc            Topic: AF10BT04

    ABSTRACT: The next generation of hypersonic and reentry vehicles being designed for the Department of Defense (DoD) applications will require advanced Thermal Protection System (TPS). While new TPS shields are under development, a key difficulty is the ability to predict and diagnose TPS performance. ElectroDynamic Applications (EDA) has been developing an optical diagnosticfor use during testi ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of DefenseAir Force
  9. Resonant infrared pulsed laser ablation for the deposition of polymer and polymer composite films for conformal optical coating on plastic substrates

    SBC: AppliFlex LLC            Topic: AF10BT19

    ABSTRACT: This project will apply resonant infrared pulsed laser ablation techniques to deposit environmentally-durable, adherent and conformal anti-reflection (AR) coating on a plastic (polycarbonate) substrate. The proposed broadband AR coating is based on a multilayer architecture of low-refractive index polymer and high-refractive index polymer or polymer hybrid materials. High quality poly ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of DefenseAir Force
  10. Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 and Water to Syngas

    SBC: DIOXIDE MATERIALS, INC.            Topic: AF11BT07

    ABSTRACT: This proposal attepts to develop a new high efficiency process for conversion of carbon dioxide and water to syngas, as a first step in production of synthetic fuels. We have already demonstrated the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide at over 80% energy efficiency. The objective of the proposed work is to extend the process so that we can also produce syngas. BENEFIT: I ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of DefenseAir Force
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