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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. Low Mass Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster with Integrated PPU

    SBC: MSNW, LLC            Topic: S304

    The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) is a revolutionary electric propulsion thruster and power processing (PPU) system that will allow a dramatic decrease in system mass and increase in thrust efficiency over traditional 500-3000 W propulsion systems. The high specific power (>700 W/kg) and high efficiency of EMPT will enable a wide range of deep space missions such as Neptune, Pluto an ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Aeroelastic/Aeroservoelastic Uncertainty and Reliability of Advanced Aerospace Vehicles in Flight and Ground Operations

    SBC: SDI Engineering Inc            Topic: T201

    ASSURE - Aeroelastic / Aeroservoelastic (AE/ASE) Uncertainty and Reliability Engineering capability - is a set of probabilistic computer programs for isolating uncertainties in simulation, manufacturing, test, measurement, and test to analysis correlation affecting the AE/ASE characteristics of advanced flight vehicles in flight and on the ground, and for studying the effects of such uncertainties ...

    STTR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Scalable, Lightweight, Low-Cost Aero/Electrodynamic Drag Deorbit Module

    SBC: TETHERS UNLIMITED, INC.            Topic: S401

    The proposed effort will develop the "Terminator Tape Deorbit Module", a lightweight, low-cost, scalable de-orbit module that will utilize both aerodynamic drag enhancement and electrodynamic drag to rapidly remove small satellites from LEO altitudes, enabling compliance with orbital lifetime restrictions such as NSS 1740.14 and DoD Instruction 3100.12, Sec. 6.4. Unlike de-orbit devices ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. PowerCube: Integrated Power, Propulsion, and Pointing for CubeSats

    SBC: TETHERS UNLIMITED, INC.            Topic: S303

    Tethers Unlimited, Inc. proposes to develop the PowerCube, an integrated power, propulsion, and pointing solution for CubeSats. The PowerCube combines three innovative components: a high-power deployable solar array able to provide up to 100W peak power to the CubeSat, a regenerative fuel cell energy storage system that doubles as a gH2/gO2 thruster, and a 'carpal joint' gimbal that enab ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Petal Brake Hypersonic Entry System

    SBC: ANDREWS SPACE, INC.            Topic: X902

    Future NASA exploration plans will realize significant performance advantages with aerocapture and aerobraking of large, heavy payloads for Mars, Titan, and the gas giant planets. During a previous NASA LaRC funded High Mass Mars Entry System study, Andrews Space found that while inflatable aerobrake designs potentially offer the lowest-mass solution, they are challenged from the uncertainties of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Radiation Hard Electronics for Advanced Communication Systems

    SBC: ICS LLC            Topic: O102

    Advanced reconfigurable/reprogrammable communication systems will require use of commercial sub 100 nm electronics. Legacy radiation tolerant circuits fail to provide Single Event Upset (SEU) immunity at speeds greater than 500 MHz. New base level logic circuits are needed to provide SEU immunity for high speed circuits afforded by sub 100 nm technology. A completely new circuit and system appr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Joining Silicon Carbide Components for Space Propulsion

    SBC: SIENNA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: S304

    This SBIR Phase I program will identify the joining materials and demonstrate the processes that are suited for construction of advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) thrusters for advanced monopropellants and bipropellants for space propulsion. We will join CMCs to each other and to superalloys by brazing. In Phase I, we will experimentally evaluate and identify suitable active metal braze all ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. High-Efficiency Reliable Stirling Generator for Space Exploration Missions

    SBC: Beck Engineering, Inc.            Topic: X805

    NASA needs advanced power-conversion technologies to improve the efficiency and reliability of power conversion for space exploration missions. We propose to develop a Stirling generator to meet NASA needs. Our Stirling generator adapts technology we have developed for high-reliability long-life (> 10 years) space-based Stirling-cycle cryocoolers and proprietary compressor and expander techno ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. High Throughput Soft X-Ray Filters with Enhanced IR-Rejection

    SBC: Luxel Corporation            Topic: S105

    To fully realize the advances NASA has made in x-ray microcalorimeter detectors, x-ray filters with enhanced out-of-band performance are needed. Blocking filters are essential components in these cryogenic detectors to minimize thermal load while admitting the soft x-rays of interest. Theoretically, an aluminum coating 15-20 nm thick, on each filter in the stack will provide the necessary IR atten ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. A Modular Electric Propulsion System with On-Demand Power Scaling

    SBC: MSNW, LLC            Topic: S304

    The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) program demonstrated a next generation propulsion system based on the purely electromagnetic generation and Lorentz acceleration of a magnetically self-confined plasmoid. The Peristaltic Dynamic Acceleration (PDA) stage is an addition to the exhaust of the EMPT that takes an existing, translating plasmoid and adds directed, kinetic energy with a set of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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