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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

    Colloid thrusters have long been known for their exceptional thrust efficiency and ability to operate over a range of specific impulse due to easily variable charge-to-mass ratio of emitted particles. They have also been considered limited to only very low thrust levels, able to produce few microNewtons from individual emission sites. This has motivated significant research into developing large ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. A Compact, Dual Excitation Raman Probe and Instrument for the Identification of Lunar Samples

    SBC: EIC LABORATORIES, INC.            Topic: S111

    NASA's Vision for Space Exploration advocates a return to the moon and involves a pl an of using the moon as a base of for missions to other planets. Early return missions to the moon will involve lunar exploration with robotic spacecrafts with instrumental payloads for scientific measurements of lunar surface features such as rocks, soil, and minerals. These instrument payloads will be helpf ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. A LIBS System for Lunar Surface Measurements

    SBC: Q-PEAK INCORPORATED            Topic: S111

    In response to NASA's solicitation for light-weight and power efficient instruments that enable elemental and/or mineralogy analysis, Q-Peak, together with Firestar Technology and the Colorado School of Mines, proposes to develop a compact, robust and efficient, instrument capable of performing, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The main advantages in ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. A Modular Electric Propulsion System with On-Demand Power Scaling

    SBC: MSNW, LLC            Topic: S304

    The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) program demonstrated a next generation propulsion system based on the purely electromagnetic generation and Lorentz acceleration of a magnetically self-confined plasmoid. The Peristaltic Dynamic Acceleration (PDA) stage is an addition to the exhaust of the EMPT that takes an existing, translating plasmoid and adds directed, kinetic energy with a set of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. A Novel Surface Thermometry Approach for use in Aerothermodynamic Wind Tunnel Testing


    This SBIR project is aimed at developing a novel thermometry technology with upconverting phosphors for temperature measurement in NASA's high-enthalpy wind tunnels. Conventional thermographic phosphors require illumination by ultraviolet (UV) light and emit light at visible wavelengths. However, UV excitation is problematic in many large-scale facilities because it demands very expensive UV- ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. A Protoflight High Specific Power Electric Propulsion System

    SBC: MSNW, LLC            Topic: SB101012

    The Electromagnetic Plasmoid Thruster (EMPT) has demonstrated the ability to ionize, electromagnetically accelerate, and eject a broad range of complex and chemically-reactive molecular gases, including monopropellants. EMPT has the potential to dramatically increase the operational range of existing electric propulsion (EP) systems in both power density, power throttling, and propellant choice. P ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of DefenseDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  7. A Quantum Cascade Laser-Based CO Sensor for Fire Warning

    SBC: Maxion Technologies, Inc.            Topic: X204

    Maxion Technologies, Inc. (Maxion) proposes to develop and field test a Carbon Monoxide (CO)-sensor prototype for post fire cleanup and CO detection. The sensor will have the dynamic range required to detect and monitor CO from approximately 1 to 500 ppmv with a resolution to 1 ppmv. Maxion will grow, fabricate and test a Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) at a unique single-mode wavelength ideal for CO ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. A Tool for Agent-Based System Produced Emergent Networks (ASPEN)

    SBC: Charles River Analytics, Inc.            Topic: SB112004

    Social network analysis is a powerful method for making sense of an increasingly interconnected world. Developing social network analysis tools requires datasets with which to test them, but sharing datasets is problematic because of privacy issues. Initial attempts to anonymize network datasets proved ineffective due to de-anonymization attacks that leveraged publically available information to i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 Department of DefenseDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  9. A Variable-Output Bio-Electrochemical System for Wastewater Treatment and Increased Loop Closure in Exploration Life Support Systems

    SBC: CAMBRIAN INNOVATION, INC.            Topic: X301

    In this project IntAct Labs proposes to develop a novel system to increase loop closure for water treatment in regenerative life support using bio-electrochemical processes (BEC processes). One of the limiting factors in space exploration, particularly outside of low earth orbit (LEO), involves the power draw and significant mass in oxygen, water and other supplies needed for life support. Bio-ele ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Ablative Flexible Aerogel TPS Materials for Mars Aerocapture and Entry

    SBC: ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.            Topic: X901

    Renewed interest in missions to explore other planets has created a need for new advanced heat shield systems that will protect spacecraft from the severe heating encountered during hypersonic flight through planetary atmospheres. Both reusable and ablative TPS have been developed to protect spacecraft. Typically, reusable TPS have been used for the Shuttle where the reentry conditions are relat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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