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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 June, 2020.

  1. Hall Effect Thruster for High Power Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: E101

    In Phase I Busek matured the design of an existing 15-kW laboratory thruster. Magnetic modeling was performed to generate a circuit incorporating magnetic shielding. Erosion modeling predicts extremely long lifetime and high throughput. A detailed mechanical design of the thruster resulted in an overall assembly with specific mass

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. The Phased Array Terrain Interferometer (PathIn): A New Sensor for UAS Synthetic Vision and Ground Collision Avoidance

    SBC: REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: A201

    This proposal introduces an innovative sensor to advance ground collision avoidance for UAS platforms by providing real-time height maps for hazard anomaly detection. This sensor will also provide enhanced vision to overcome reduced visibility in fog, drizzle and light rain and the detection of hazards/obstacles on runways for landing and takeoff applications. Specifically, this effort will build ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Lightweight Small-Scale Turbine Generator

    SBC: Metis Design Corporation            Topic: A305

    The proposed innovation is a power conversion technology that will help achieve NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program (FAP) goals of reducing emissions and increasing fuel efficiency for high speed flight. NASA's objective to increase the specific power of high efficiency electric components in order to make a 10 mega-watt onboard power generation and/or utilization feasible for propulsion requi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. High Throughput Hall Thruster for Small Spacecraft

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S303

    Busek is developing a high throughput nominal 100-W Hall Effect Thruster. This device is well sized for spacecraft ranging in size from several tens of kilograms to several hundred kilograms. It could be fueled by either xenon or iodine. The latter yields performance like xenon, but stores at low pressure and high density, make it especially attractive for volume limited spacecraft. The availa ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: X203

    In the Phase I program, Busek Co. Inc. tested an existing Hall thruster, the BHT-8000, on iodine propellant. The thruster was fed by a high flow iodine feed system, and supported by an existing Busek hollow cathode flowing xenon gas. The Phase I propellant feed system was evolved from a previously demonstrated laboratory feed system. Throttling of the thruster between 2 and 11 kW at 200-600V wa ...

    SBIR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Differential Photoacoustic Particle Absorption Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: S108

    We developed a highly sensitive and compact instrument to directly measure particulate matter (PM) optical absorption. This device is based on differential photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy (DPAS) technique, which is capable of eliminating background interference from gaseous NO2 and engine acoustic noise. This method significantly improves detection sensitivity compared to the single-cell pho ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Self-Biased Radiation Hardened Ka-Band Circulators for Size, Weight and Power Restricted Long Range Space Applications

    SBC: Metamagnetics Inc.            Topic: H902

    Ferrite control components including circulators and isolators are fundamental building blocks of Transmit/Receive modules (TRM) utilized in high data rate active space transceivers and transponders for both long-range (LR) and low earth orbit (LEO) systems. These components are utilized to protect high power amplifiers (HPA) during the transmit cycle from destabilizing, and potentially harmful, p ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensor for ISS (EDLS-ISS)

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: H1201

    Aurora Flight Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose to develop a stand-alone 6-DOF load sensing system that collects biomechanical force and moment data while integrated with the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) on the International Space Station by adapting and enhancing previously field-tested systems. Our EDLS-ISS system includes a separate base unit tet ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. NDE for Ablative Thermal Protection Systems

    SBC: Jentek Sensors, Inc.            Topic: H701

    This program addresses the need for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods for quality assessment and defect evaluation of thermal protection systems (TPS). Novel linear drive eddy current methods are proposed for NDE of carbon-based TPS materials, such as felts, rigid materials, and three dimensional woven fiber composites. Using a combination of physics-based models of layered media, includin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Lifetime Improvement of Large Scale Green Monopropellant Thrusters via Novel, Long-Life Catalysts

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: H202

    Busek proposes to develop and life-test a flight-weight, 5N class green monopropellant thruster in Phase II. The most important feature that sets this thruster apart from other similar devices will be the use of an innovative, long-life catalyst. This proprietary catalyst, constructed without any bed plate or ceramic substrate, has the potential to suppress catalyst-related performance degradation ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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