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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. Small Probes for Orbital Return of Experiments (SPORE)

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: T101

    Analogous to the CubeSat standardization of micro-satellites, the SPORE flight system architecture will utilize a modular design approach to provide low-cost on-orbit operation and recovery of small payloads. The Phase 1 investigation will evaluate a scalable flight system architecture consisting of a service module for on-orbit operations and deorbit maneuvering, and an entry vehicle to perform ...

    STTR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Magnesium Hall Thruster for Solar System Exploration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: T301

    Busek proposes to prove the feasibility of a Mg Hall effect thruster system that would open the door for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) based solar system exploration. Elemental magnesium has favorable thermophysical properties and is very easy to ionize. The estimated specific impulse for a high efficiency magnesium Hall thruster operating off of a standard 400 V power processing unit is 5 ...

    STTR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Functionalized Graphitic Supports for Improved Fuel Cell Catalyst Stability

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: T301

    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) together with the University of Connecticut (UCONN) proposes to demonstrate the improved fuel cell catalyst support durability offered by directly incorporating nitrogen functionality into graphitic carbon supports. In Phase I, PSI will utilize the functionalized carbon support in the construction of single cell fuel cells in order to demonstrate the performance and d ...

    STTR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Superconducting Resonant Inductive Power Coupling

    SBC: ACTALITY, INC.            Topic: T301

    The proposed effort will develop a technology to wirelessly and efficiently transfer power over hundreds of meters via resonant inductive coupling. The key innovation of this approach is the use of dielectricless high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils to overcome the limitations in efficiency and range of existing solutions. This approach is informed by existing research models that predic ...

    STTR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. RotCFD: A Viscous Design Tool for Advanced Configurations

    SBC: Sukra Helitek Inc.            Topic: A209

    The incorporation of viscous analysis in design is vital for a completeunderstanding of aerodynamic problems.This proposal offers to develop and integrate with RotCFD a method for semi-automatically generating grids suitable for viscous analysis on complex configurations as well as parallelize the solver in RotCFD to take advantage of today's multi-core machines. The principle idea behind th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Artificial Intelligence for Refining Multi-Aircraft Testbed Environments

    SBC: APTIMA, INC.            Topic: A301

    NASA is researching various concepts, procedures, standards, and technologies intended for NextGen Airspace. Complex, distributed airspace simulations that utilize experimental testbeds (e.g., Multi Aircraft Control System, or MACS) are vital research tools for these projects. However, managing the various complexities and coordination of agent-supported separation assurance can be challenging. Th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. User-Augmented Visualizations for Targeted Evaluation of Systems and Technologies

    SBC: APTIMA, INC.            Topic: A301

    The operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the National Airspace System (NAS) is a growing area of research for NASA, but the need for substantial amounts of research on the UAV-in-NAS concept is overwhelming. Furthermore, the quantity and nature of research questions on UAV-in-NAS operations are somewhat unpredictable as this research progresses, thereby requiring NASA to have flexible r ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. In Situ Particle Asymmetry Factor Monitor

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: S108

    Aerosol particles affect the radiative balance of the earth directly, by scattering and absorbing solar and terrestrial radiation, and indirectly, by acting as cloud condensation nuclei. It is now recognized that the atmospheric loading of aerosols generated through human activities can exert an influence on the earth's radiation budget comparable in magnitude with greenhouse gases. However ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Frequency Modulated Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy: A General Technique for Trace Gas and Isotope Measurements with Unprecedented Sensitivity

    SBC: EOS Photonics            Topic: S108

    A new technique is proposed for improved trace gas detection and measurement that combines the high absorption depths afforded by mid-infrared Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (ICOS) with the added precision and sensitivity of Frequency Modulated Spectroscopy (FMS). To our knowledge, the two-tone FM technique described and prototyped in this proposal is the first demonstration of this combin ...

    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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