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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. Photonic antenna coupled middlewave infrared photodetector and focal plane array with low noise and high quantum efficiency


    Middle-wave infrared (MWIR, 3-5¿¿m) photodetectors are of great importance in numerous NASA applications, including thermal remote sensing for carbon-based trace gases (CH4, CO2, and CO), heat capacity mapping for earth resource locating, environment and atmosphere monitoring, and IR spectroscopy. However, existing MWIR photodetectors are require a low operating temperature, below 77K to achieve ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Substrate-Enhanced Micro Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: T501

    Aerodyne Research, Inc. and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will collaborate to develop laser desorption ionization (LDI) mass spectrometric analysis of organic analytes of interest in planetary exploration, based on microchip laser illumination. The key advantage of microchip lasers in this application is their much smaller size and weight than lasers used to date for LDI. These lase ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Uncooled near- and mid-IR spectrometer engine.

    SBC: AGILTRON, INC.            Topic: T501

    Agiltron proposes to develop an extremely compact and high sensitivity uncooled near- and mid-infrared (NMIR) spectrometer engine for planetary compositional analysis and mapping. In this program, we will produce lead salt-based IR detector materials with single crystalline-like oriented thin film structures which will increase the majority charge carrier mobility by two orders of magnitude. Excep ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Adaptive bio-inspired navigation for planetary exploration

    SBC: NEURALA, INC.            Topic: T803

    Surface exploration of planetary environments with current robotic technologies relies heavily on human control and power-hungry active sensors to perform even the most elementary low-level functions. Ideally, a robot should be capable of autonomously exploring and interacting within an unknown environment without relying on human input or suboptimal sensors. Behaviors such as exploration of unkno ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Magnesium Hall Thruster for Solar System Exploration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: T301

    The innovation being developed in this program is a Mg Hall Effect Thruster system that would open the door for In-Situ Resource Utilization based solar system exploration. Magnesium is light and easy to ionize. Performance advantages of a Mg thruster include far higher specific impulse and less life limiting erosion. Additional advantages include low propellant cost and low pressure propellant ...

    STTR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. RotCFD: A Viscous Design Tool for Advanced Configurations

    SBC: Sukra Helitek Inc.            Topic: A209

    During initial design studies, parametric variation of vehicle geometry is routine. In addition, rotorcraft engineers traditionally use the wind tunnel to evaluate and finalize designs. Correlation between wind tunnel results and flight tests, when not good, have been often attributed in part to uncertainty in blockage corrections. Estimation of rotor blockage is significantly more complex than bl ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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