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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. RF Front End Based on MEMS Components for Miniaturized Digital EVA Radio

    SBC: ALPHASENSE, INC.            Topic: O104

    In this proposal, AlphaSense, Inc. (AI) and the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) detail the development of RF front end based on MEMS components for miniaturized digital EVA radio. Key innovations of our approach include: a) the use of a novel parallel receiver front end architecture based on MEMS components, b) a novel design of a high Q mixer-filter for RF mixing and IF filtering, and c) the imp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Compact Vacuum Pump for Titan Lander Missions

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S109

    NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and commercial industry have a pressing need for miniaturized, rugged, low mass, power efficient, high vacuum systems that can achieve vacuum pressures as low as 10E-8 torr while exhausting to greater than 1 atm. Advances in sensor technology at NASA and other government laboratories, in academia, and in industry, have led to t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. A Two-Phase Cooling Loop for Fission Surface Power Waste Heat Transport

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X702

    Current lunar-based Fission Surface Power (FSP) Systems that will support sustained surface outposts consist of a nuclear reactor with power converters, whose waste heat is transported to radiator panels to be rejected to the environment. The current approach is to transport waste heat using a heavy, pressurized water cooling loop. For each 20 kW of heat rejection, the current water cooling loop ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Nonventing Thermal and Humidity Control for EVA Suits

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: X205

    Future manned space exploration missions will require space suits with capabilities beyond the current state of the art. Portable Life Support Systems for these future space suits are extremely challenging, since they must maintain healthy and comfortable conditions inside the suit for long-duration missions while minimizing weight and venting no consumables. We propose an innovative system for ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Micromachined Active Magnetic Regenerator for Low Temperature Magnetic Coolers

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S107

    NASA's future science 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 Active Magnetic Regenerative Refrigeration (AMRR) system that can continuously provide remote/distributed cooling at temperatures in the range of 2 K with a heat sink a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Miniature Reaction Wheel for Small Satellite Control

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: S405

    The overall goal of this project is to design, develop, demonstrate, and deliver a miniature, high torque, low-vibration reaction wheel for use on small satellites. Creare's miniature reaction wheel has the potential to revolutionize the design and operation of small satellites (i.e., mass from less than 1 kg up to 500 kg). Currently available reaction wheels are too large and heavy, and miniatu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. A Maximum Power Tracker for Improved Thermophotovoltaic Power Generation

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: T301

    Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) are critical for future flagship exploration missions in space and on planetary surfaces. Small improvements in the RPS performance, weight, size, and/or reliability can have a dramatic effect on the scientific capability of the vehicle and the overall mission costs. Radioisotope Thermophotovoltaic (RTPV) energy converters are a particular type of RPS that direct ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. GPU-Accelerated Sparse Matrix Solvers for Large-Scale Simulations

    SBC: EM PHOTONICS INC            Topic: S601

    Many large-scale numerical simulations can be broken down into common mathematical routines. While the applications may differ, the need to perform functions such as matrix solves, Fourier transforms, or eigenvalue analysis routinely arise. Consequently, targeting fast, efficient implementations of these methods will benefit a large number of applications. Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are e ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. A Handheld Sensor for Amorphous Coating Integrity Evaluation

    SBC: ALPHASENSE, INC.            Topic: SB093002

    Under the DARPA sponsored Naval Advanced Amorphous Coating (NAAC) program, a novel, thermal sprayed amorphous metal coating has been developed. Such a coating has demonstrated superior mechanical and corrosion resistance properties. Although the coating is designed to be life-of-ship, the application and operational conditions may compromise the integrity of the coating. For example, the applicati ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  10. Machine Tool Genome Project

    SBC: MANUFACTURING LABORATORIES, INC.            Topic: SB102005

    This project describes research that will lead to the commercialization of the Tool Dashboard, a new technique for pre-process milling parameter selection. In this approach, dynamic models of the cutting tool and holder will be analytically coupled to spindle-machine measurements to predict the tool point dynamics. Given this information, stability lobe diagrams, which display stable and unstable ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of DefenseDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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