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  1. Electrical Power from Thermal Energy Scavenging in High Temperature Environments

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: T3

    Physical Sciences Inc. and Purdue University propose to develop a novel approach to scavenging heat from high intensity thermal environments encountered during space missions and converting this thermal power to electrical power at high efficiency.  Examples include extremely hot heat shields during vehicle entry into planetary atmospheres (Mars/Venus probes) and during high speed ascent thro ...

    STTR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Automated Fiber Placement of Thin-Ply Composite Materials for Large Aerospace Structures

    SBC: NextGen Materials & Processing LLC            Topic: T12

    Leveraging their prior experience working with automated fiber placement (AFP) of thin-ply composite materials, NextGen Materials & Processing LLC and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will utilize a Design of Experiments approach, combined with analytical modeling, to identify the critical material, slitting, spooling, and AFP parameters that influence the repeatable, high quality laydow ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Plug and Play: Utilizing MOFs in Preexisting Carbon Dioxide Removal Assemblies for Enhanced Performance, Smaller Footprint, and Lower Energy Consumption.

    SBC: NuMat Technologies, Inc.            Topic: T6

    Protection against the buildup of CO2 in spacecraft is of crucial importance to astronaut health. Currently, several methods are used to remove CO2 from spacecraft including amine scrubbers, lithium hydroxide canisters, and adsorbent-based carbon dioxide removal assemblies (CDRAs). Each scrubbing method has individual benefits and drawbacks: amine scrubbers have no particulate release but require ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Scalable and Distributed Inertial Navigation Systems

    SBC: CU AEROSPACE L.L.C.            Topic: T4

    Current state of the art inertial measurement units (IMUs) co-locate a set of accelerometers and gyroscopes into a single package. CU Aerospace (CUA), in partnership with the University of Illinois, propose to develop a scalable and distributed IMU for space robotics and CubeSat applications. The user can choose to include an arbitrary number of inertial sensors beyond the minimal number of sensor ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Regeneratively Cooled Ceramic Matrix Composite Nozzle Assembly for Reduced Weight

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: T9

    All rocket missions benefit from having lower structural mass and higher specific impulse, both of which contribute to larger payload fractions and therefore lower mission cost. High temperature materials such as ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are an avenue to lower engine mass because of the low density and high specific strength of the material. They also have a high maximum temperature and so ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Integrated High Frequency Electric Propulsor for Turbo-Electric Aircraft

    SBC: HINETICS LLC            Topic: A1

    We propose the development of a very high specific power integrated electric turbofan directly driven with a high frequency, air-core synchronous motor. If the target specific power is achieved, this technology could increase the viability of turbo-electric airplanes for commercial air transport, leading to significantly lower carbon emissions and energy use in aviation. The key inn ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Project Patchwork- Wirelessly Networked Structural Analysis Devices for Aircraft

    SBC: Mide Technology Corporation            Topic: A2

    Through this SBIR effort, NASA is looking for innovative technology to bolster its flight research capabilities.  Particularly, NASA seeks the development of innovative measurement and data acquisition approaches.  Mide through a past RIF BAA for Navair, developed a stand-alone high performance data logger for vibration/acceleration, pressure, and temperature. The device, dubbed the Slam ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Bi2212 Superconductors for High-Power Density Motors for Aero Propulsion

    SBC: Solid Material Solutions, LLC            Topic: A1

    Future hybrid aircraft, such as NASA’s N3-X plan, will require all-superconducting electric motors and generators in order to achieve power density in excess of 10 kW/kg.   Unlike the DC rotor, the stator must operate in AC mode, for example, from 0-0.5 T at 120 Hz, making it impossible to use high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes due to their high losses in transient fields, req ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Electrochromic Laminates For Advanced Spacesuit Visors

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: H4

    NASA's Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or EMU, is a personal mini-spacecraft that comprises the space suit assembly and life support systems. The current EMU has a manually operated extravehicular visor assembly (EVVA) that provides protection from micrometeoroids and from solar ultraviolet and infrared radiation. For the integration of EVVA with NASA’s next generation space suits helmet b ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Dehydration Resistant And Dimensionally Stable High Performance Membrane

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: H1

    In several technologies within NASA’s In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) systems, such as fuel cell, water electrolysis and gas/water separations etc., polymeric membranes, especially proton exchange membranes (PEM), play an important role. These membranes are generally hygroscopic, subject to swelling in the presence of humidity or water. When restrained membranes undergo a hydration/dehyd ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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