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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. 20mN, Variable Specific Impulse Colloid Thruster

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S304

    During Phase I, Busek designed and manufactured an electrospray emitter capable of generating 20 mN in a 7" x 7" x 1.7" package. The thruster consists of nine porous-surface emitters operating in parallel from a common propellant supply. Each emitter is capable of supporting over 70,000 electrospray emission sites, with the plume from each emitter being accelerated through a single aperture, eli ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Green Liquid Monopropellant Thruster for In-space Propulsion

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: S304

    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and Orbitec Inc. propose to develop a unique chemical propulsion system for the next generation NASA science spacecraft and missions that is compact, lightweight, and can operate with high reliability over extended periods of time and under wide range of thermal environments. The system uses a new storable, low toxicity, liquid monopropellant as its working fluid. In P ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. A LIBS/Raman System for Planetary Surface Measurement

    SBC: Q-PEAK INCORPORATED            Topic: S111

    For lightweight and power-efficient instruments that enable elemental and/or mineralogy analysis, Q-Peak proposes to develop a compact, robust, and efficient instrument capable of performing imaging spectroscopy, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy (LRS) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The main advantage in using these techniques for planetary science is the ability to rapidly collect a wea ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Precision Electrospray Thruster Assembly (PETA)

    SBC: Espace Inc            Topic: S201

    New low cost, low volume, low power, rugged electrospray thrusters will be ideal as actuators for precision thrusting, if provided with precision high voltage power supplies. The small thrusters show minimum thrusts of 1.2 nanoNewton, and thrusts scalable in a wide range to hundreds of microNewtons, with an ISp of 3500 sec. We propose to develop and test a high-precision high-voltage power supply ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Enhanced Reliability MEMS Deformable Mirrors for Space Imaging Applications

    SBC: Boston Micromachines Corporation            Topic: S202

    The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a reliable, fault-tolerant wavefront control system that will fill a critical technology gap in NASA's vision for future coronagraphic observatories. The project outcomes include innovative advances in component design and fabrication and substantial progress in development of high-resolution deformable mirrors (DM) suitable for space-based op ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Portable Sensor for Rapid In Situ Measurement of Trace Toxic Metals in Water

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: X303

    Development of a sensor to detect select trace toxic heavy metals (Ag, Cd, Mn, Ni, and Zn) in water is proposed. Using an automatic side-stream sampling technique, this compact, electrochemical sensor will use small volumes of water and detect metals in the low parts-per-billion range. The novel coupling of a high-performance novel electrode material, microarray electrode geometry, and a highly se ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. SPHERES/Universal ISS Battery Charging Station

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: O302

    With the retiring of the shuttle fleet, up-mass and down-mass to ISS are at a premium. The space station itself has a limited lifecycle as well, thus long-term and/or high-risk development programs pose issues for science 'return on investment', if the technology cannot be adequately matured before the station is decommissioned. Thus innovative systems and technologies that minimize impact on limi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. An Instrument to Measure Aircraft Sulfate Particle Emissions

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: A202

    Aerodyne is developing a sulfate detection instrument, based on the Tunable Infrared Laser Differential Absorption Spectrophotometer (TILDAS) technology and therefore termed the "TILDAS-sulfate" instrument, for measurement of the size-resolved sulfate PM emissions of aircraft engine combustion. Over the past 10 years and through a series of NASA led efforts, the Aerodyne Research Inc emi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. High-Resolution Detector for At-Wavelength Metrology of X-Ray Optics

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: S205

    Since the launch of the first X-ray focusing telescope in 1963, the development of grazing incidence X-ray optics has been crucial to the development of the field of X-ray astronomy. The recent Decadal Survey also highlights the important contribution that X-ray astronomy can make in addressing some of the most pressing scientific questions about black holes, cosmology and the ebb and flow of ene ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Causal Models for Safety Assurance Technologies

    SBC: APTIMA, INC.            Topic: A117

    Fulfillment of NASA's System-Wide Safety and Assurance Technology (SSAT) project at NASA requires leveraging vast amounts of data into actionable knowledge. Models of accident causation describe a causation chain. The chain would be better understood by examining the large amounts of "everyday" flight data, not just data proximal to high-profile incidents. This proposal is focuse ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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