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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 Novel Portable Apparatus for Noninvasively Measuring Bone Density


    The bone loss associated with extended space missions in astronaut represents a serious health threat, both over the flight period and upon returning to gravitational fields. Continuously monitoring bone qualities during prolonged space missions will lead to a better understanding of the progressive adaptation of bone loss in astronauts subject to both microgravity and aging, and the ensuing muscu ...

    STTR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Combining Discrete Element Modeling, Finite Element Analysis, and Experimental Calibrations for Modeling of Granular Material Systems

    SBC: Jenike & Johanson, Inc.            Topic: T601

    The current state-of-the-art in DEM modeling has two major limitations which must be overcome to ensure that the technique can be useful to NASA engineers and the commercial sector: the computational intensive nature of the software, and the lack of an established methodology to determine the particle properties to best accurately model a given physical system. The proposed work will address bot ...

    STTR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. InN-Based Quantum Dot Solar Cells

    SBC: Kopin Corporation            Topic: T301

    The goal of this STTR program is to employ nanostructured materials in advanced device designs to enhance the tolerance of solar cells to extreme conditions while achieving high solar electric power conversion. By using InN-based quantum dots embedded within a higher band gap GaN barrier material, a larger fraction of the solar spectrum can be harnessed while minimizing the effects of high temper ...

    STTR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Lightweight Rubbery Aerogel Composites for High Performance Protection

    SBC: ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.            Topic: T501

    Aspen Aerogels Inc. (AAI) and the Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose to develop nanostructured, lightweight, rubbery aerogel composites for multifunctional insulation materials which will significantly improve advanced extravehicular activity (EVA) systems and habitats. The proposed rubbery aerogel composite materials will exhibit excellent flexibili ...

    STTR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Distributed Multi-Agent Fault Diagnosis and Reconfiguration Control

    SBC: QUALTECH SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: T101

    In order to meet the challenges of long-duration space exploration (e.g., missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond), onboard real-time health management of spacecraft that responds rapidly to system and subsystem events is essential. In response to this need, Qualtech Systems, Inc. (QSI), in cooperation with Vanderbilt University, proposes to develop a distributed multi-agent fault diagnosis and rec ...

    STTR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. High Efficiency Regenerative Helium Compressor

    SBC: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.            Topic: X901

    Helium plays several critical rolls in spacecraft propulsion. High pressure helium is commonly used to pressurize propellant fuel tanks. Helium cryocoolers can be used to sub-cool and thereby densify cryogenic propellants such as liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LO2). The use of densified cryogenic propellants can reduce the gross payload weight of a launch vehicle by up to 20%, or incr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Nano-Enabled Low-Cost High-Performance UV Anti-Reflection Coatings

    SBC: AGILTRON, INC.            Topic: S304

    In this program, Agiltron and the groups of Professors Rubner and Cohen at MIT propose a novel nano-porous coating for next generation NASA UV anti-reflection (AR) applications. The collaborative research leverages recent breakthroughs in nano-porous self-assembled low reflective index multilayer structures achieved at MIT, and Agiltron's recently developed mist coating processes. The proposed UV ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Tissue-Equivalent Radiation Dosimeter-On-A-Chip

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: X1301

    Many commercially available digital dosimeters are bulky and are unable to properly measure dose for space radiation. The complexity of space flight design requires reliable, fault-tolerant equipment with the capability of providing real-time dose readings during a mission, which is not feasible with the existing thermo-luminescent dosimeter (TLD) technology. The project will create a compact, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. System for Analyzing Microscopic Defects and Defect Propagation Due to Aging

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: A103

    New technology is needed for sensing and characterizing incipient defects, and assessing the effects of aging in aerospace components. Next generation materials, including nickel-based superalloys that are exceedingly difficult to inspect with existing technology are being adopted by designers and manufacturers. The ability to ascertain the remaining life of a spacecraft component, and develop mit ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. High-Counting Rate Photon Detectors for Long-Range Space Optical Communications

    SBC: aPeak Inc.            Topic: O108

    Long range, RF space communications do not meet anymore the bandwidth requirements or power constraints of future NASA missions. Optical communications offer the potential to dramatically increase the link bandwidth and decrease the emitter power. High-bandwidth, long-range optical communications require reliable high-gain, photon-counting detectors operated at moderate cooling with high detection ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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