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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. 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
  2. Seam Joining Techniques for Three-Dimensional Woven Carbon Naterial of at Least 1" Thickness.

    SBC: Pham, Tuyetnhung            Topic: H701

    Heat shield technology is a critical component for both re-entry and hypersonic vehicles. The traditional manufacturing approach for designing heat shields consists of joining TPS tiles together with an adhesive that fills any gaps between them. This approach has significant challenges, including the reduction in thermal-mechanical performance as compared to that of acreage woven material. Nhung's ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Programming Useful Life Prediction (PULP)

    SBC: Charles River Analytics, Inc.            Topic: A104

    Accurately predicting Remaining Useful Life (RUL) provides significant benefits—it increases safety and reduces financial and labor resource requirements. Relying on just one methodology for RUL prediction is unsuitable because certain methods of prediction perform better for certain use cases and conditions. Approaches must be combined to maximize accuracy. Encoding these hybrid methods is c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Aerodynamic Optimization for Distributed Electro Mechanical Actuators

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: A304

    Traditional hydraulic actuation and control surface layout both limit span wise control of lift distribution, and require large volume within wing cross-section, ultimately reducing efficiency. Mounting and support structures for traditional actuators, also necessitate drag-inducing protrusions in otherwise ideally smooth airfoils. Consequently, hydraulic systems are heavy and energy intensive as ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Miniaturization of Airborne Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy Instrument

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: S107

    New measurement technologies are required to support science campaigns to better quantify rapid changes in the Earth atmosphere system. A key factor in this heightened focus on risk and uncertainty is the growing recognition that the climate is changing far more rapidly than was thought just five years ago. Aurora Flight Sciences and Harvard University propose to miniaturize the Harvard Integrated ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control Design for Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: H601

    SSCI, in collaboration with University of Texas, Austin (UTA), proposes to develop, integrate, implement and test a novel framework for the design and performance evaluation of Guidance, Naviagation & Control algorithms for spacecraft Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (AR\&D). The framework is referred to as the GUARD (GUidance, Navigation and Control for AR\&D), and will include a suite of advanc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Drag Identification & Reduction Technology (DIRECT) for Elastically Shaped Air Vehicles

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: A304

    NASA and Boeing Phantom Works have been working on the Elastically Shaped Future Vehicle Concept (ESFVC) and have shown that aircraft with elastically shaped wings have great potential to save fuel by minimizing drag. Main feature of the ESFVC is that it uses Variable Camber Continuous Trailing Edge Flap (VCC-TEF) flight control surfaces to bend & twist the wing to a "drooped wing" configuration ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. In-Situ Real-Time Temperature Monitoring of Thermal Protection Systems

    SBC: Jentek Sensors, Inc.            Topic: H701

    This program addresses the need for interfacial and in-depth temperature monitoring of thermal protection systems (TPS). Novel, linear drive, eddy current methods are proposed that incorporate innovative sensor array constructs, physics-based models, and multivariate inverse methods to nondestructively assess temperatures for carbon-based TPS materials such as felts and PICA. The sensors can be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. AIRSAFE: Analytics to Improve Reliability & Safety in Flight Environments

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: A105

    The increased system complexity resulting from interaction of human and automated systems in aviation programs introduces new challenges that need to be addressed. Many notable flight incidents can be wholly or partially attributed to crew error, either due to inexperience with the aircrafts automated control systems or in response to component failures or adverse conditions. Flight safety experts ...

    SBIR Phase I 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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