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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 June, 2020.

  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. Primary Tweeters: Segmented Micro-Mirrors for Picometer-Scale Wavefront Compensation in Space-Based Observatories

    SBC: Boston Micromachines Corporation            Topic: S2

    Annbsp;objective for future decadal study missions is to detect exo-Earths usingnbsp;space-based telescopes with segmented primary mirrors (PMs). Wavefront control fornbsp;such telescopes will require small-stroke, high-precision deformable mirrorsnbsp;(DMs). The proposed innovation is a segmented microelectromechanical DM thatnbsp;can benbsp;used in NASA test beds as a surrogate for segmented PMs ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Thermochromics with Very Low Transition Temperature

    SBC: Triton Systems, Inc.            Topic: Z2

    Triton Systems is developing an unpowered thermostatic film for application to spacecraft surfaces. We call our approach Phase Change Thermochromic Radiator (PCTR); it self-switches from low to high emittance above a designed temperature setpoint Tc, causing a surface in space to radiate heat only when it becomes too warm and conserving heat otherwise. Key to the operation of PCTR is a phase chang ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Radiation-Hardened I/O Expansion Chip

    SBC: Silicon Space Technology Corporation            Topic: S3

    VORAGO Technologies has produced an IC definition and architecture for a rad-hard I/O Expansion chip that is capable of interfacing to next generation spaceflight processor devices including the High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) chiplet.nbsp;We have gathered the best available knowledge of HPSC use-cases to conceptualize and articulate the requirements for an I/O Expansion Chip, creati ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Fission Stirling Converter

    SBC: AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR CORPORATION            Topic: Z1

    This Phase II proposal for a Fission Stirling Convertor (FSC) that is ideally suited for use with fission-based Space Nuclear Power Systems (SNPS) and/or Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) systems. All Phase I objectives were successfully achieved, laying the groundwork for a high-confidence and high-performance FSC prototype demonstration in Phase II. FSC is adapted from the prior ARPA-E GENSETS p ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Battery with Improved Cycle Life

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: S3

    A high cycle life and high energy density rechargeable battery would address an important need for a reliable power source that offers significant weight reductions in several NASA mission and program applications including energy storage devices for extravehicular activities (EVA), satellites, robots, and spacecraft vehicles. Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are promising next-generation energy st ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Ultra-Stable ALLVAR Alloy Strut Development for Space Telescopes

    SBC: Thermal Expansion Solutions, Inc.            Topic: S2

    This NASA SBIR Phase II proposal is in response to the need for Ultra-Stable Telescope Structures and is designed to evaluate ALLVAR Alloys for their potential as metering and support structures for optics that are critical to NASArsquo;s future missions. Telescopes used for astrophysics, exoplanet, and planetary studies require picometer stability over several minutes to hours. Building large sup ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Electronic Procedure Verification and Workflow Management System

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: A2

    Procedures play a large role in successfully testing and operating complex equipment. They provide step-by-step instructions for system check-out, experimental set-up, test plans, and responding to off-nominal situations. They also provide an electronic record of all test activities. As NASAnbsp; moves away from traditional paper procedures to more flexible electronic procedures, there is an oppor ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Electrochromic Laminates For Advanced Spacesuit Visors

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: H4

    NASA#39;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 NASArsquo;s next generation space suits helmet bub ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Curved Microchannel Plates and Collimators for Spaceflight Mass Spectrometers

    SBC: INCOM, INC.            Topic: S1

    This proposal will develop curved microchannel plates (MCPs) and collimators for spaceflight instrumentation. The curvature will improve measurement quality and volume utilization by allowing the detector to conform to the physical geometry of the instrument. For example, an instrument may view the space environment in 360 degrees of azimuth with cylindrical symmetry. In this case, a cylindrical M ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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