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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. Low-Cost High-Performance Hall Thruster Support System

    SBC: COLORADO ELECTRONICS INC            Topic: S304

    Colorado Power Electronics (CPE) has built an innovative modular power processing unit (PPU) for Hall Thrusters, including discharge, magnet, heater and keeper supplies, and an interface module. The innovations of this high-performance PPU are its resonant circuit topologies, magnetics design, modularity, and its stable and sustained operation during severe Hall effect thruster current oscillation ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. High Power Uplink Amplifier for Deep Space Communications

    SBC: OPTICAL ENGINES, INC            Topic: O106

    Critical to the success of delivering on the promise of deep space optical communications is the creation of a stable and reliable high power multichannel optical uplink/beacon. Optical Engines proposes to deliver in phase 2 2 compact and low cost fiber amplifiers suited to the uplink application. This will be accomplished through the use of Optical Engines proprietary Multi-Fiber Coupled 2.5kW la ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. GaN Bulk Growth and Epitaxy from Ca-Ga-N Solutions

    SBC: The IIIAN Company, LLC            Topic: O107

    The innovations proposed here are Ka-band (38 GHz) group III-nitride power FETs and the dislocation density reducing epitaxial growth methods (LPE) needed for their optimal performance and reliability.Ka-band power transistors with>60% Power Added Efficiency (PAE) are not commercially available. The primary limitations to their manufacture are lack of mature process technology at major GaN foun ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Ultra High Temperature Capacitive Pressure Sensor

    SBC: SPORIAN MICROSYSTEMS INC            Topic: A202

    To improve the working performance, increase efficiency, reduce cost, and track system health status and failure modes of advanced propulsion systems; miniaturized, robust sensing systems for measuring and monitoring physical parameters, such as pressure, would be highly advantageous. Technical challenges for developing reliable sensing systems lie in extremely harsh working conditions the micro s ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Calibration/Validation Technology for the CO2 Satellite

    SBC: Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.            Topic: S108

    AOS has shown that it is feasible to use the combined NASA/SBIR resources from Phases I and II to:(i) Build a turn-key analyzer system that has the dual-band/differential architecture and is small, light and sensitive enough to be deployed in the smallest zone of the Global Hawk (GH);(ii) Demonstrate TRL 9 and flight readiness of the analyzer system for deployment on the GH and(iii) Validate the a ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Thermopile Detector Radiation Hardened Readout

    SBC: BFE Acquisition Sub II, LLC            Topic: S109

    The NASA Jupiter Europa Orbiter (JEO) conceptual payload contains a thermal instrument with six different spectral bands ranging from 8µm to 100ìm. The thermal instrument is based on multiple linear arrays of thermopile detectors that are intrinsically radiation hard; however, the thermopile CMOS readout needs to be hardened to tolerate the radiation sources of the JEO mission. Black Forest Engi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Lunar Organic Waste Reformer

    SBC: PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS            Topic: X302

    The Lunar Organic Waste Reformer (LOWR) utilizes high temperature steam reformation to convert all plastic, paper, and human waste materials into useful gases. In the LOWR, solar thermal concentrators are used to heat steam directly to 600 C, after which the steam is mixed with a small amount of oxygen and injected into a reactor which is being fed with waste materials via a lock hopper. At the hi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Nanowire Photovoltaic Devices

    SBC: Firefly Technologies            Topic: T301

    Firefly, in collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology, proposes developing a space solar cell having record efficiency exceeding 40% (AM0) by the introduction of nanowires within the active region of the current limiting sub-cell. The introduction of these nanoscale features will enable realization of an intermediate band solar cell (IBSC), while simultaneously increasing the effective ...

    STTR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Next-Generation Ion Thruster Design Tool to Support Future Space Missions

    SBC: TECH-X CORPORATION            Topic: T301

    Computational tools that accurately predict the performance of electric propulsiondevices are highly desirable and beneficial to NASA and the broader electric propulsioncommunity. The current state-of-the-art in electric propulsion modeling relies heavily onempirical data and on numerous computational "knobs". In Phase I of this project, wedeveloped the most detailed ion engine discharge ...

    STTR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Reactive Rendezvous and Docking Sequencer

    SBC: BLUE SUN ENTERPRISES, INC            Topic: S504

    Mars Sample Return poses some of the most challenging operational activities of any NASA deep space mission. Rendezvous of a vehicle with a sample canister in order to return the canister to Earth requires a variety of complex mathematical processing on a changing data set, coupled with the need to safely and effectively handle a large range of off-nominal conditions and spacecraft faults. Light s ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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