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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. A Scalable Gas-Particle Flow Simulation Tool for Lander Plume-Surface Interaction and Debris Prediction

    SBC: CFD Research Corporation            Topic: T9

    Plume-regolith interaction during propulsive landing results in (1) the liberation of dust/debris particles that may collide and strike the landing vehicle and surrounding assets obscuring ground observation for safe landing and (2) craters that are formed on the landing surface, posing additional challenges to vehicle stability and surface operations. The Gas-Granular Flow Solver (GGFS) had previ ...

    STTR Phase II 2020 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Using MISSE-FF to Determine the Effect of the Space Environment on Advanced Thermal Protection Coatings

    SBC: Geoplasma, LLC            Topic: Z4

    Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) are needed to protect spacecraft and crew from high temperature propellant gases, heating from solar radiation, and heating from friction with planetary atmospheres.nbsp; For example, ceramic based Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) are being applied to rocket engine components such as combustion chambers, injector face plates, and nozzle extensions to allow higher tem ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Space Durability Testing via MISSE-FF of CORIN XLS Polyimide with Increased Flexibility and Tear Resistance

    SBC: Nexolve Holding Company, LLC            Topic: Z4

    A new thin-film polymer material is proposed that would improve orbit lifetimenbsp;and packaging efficiency for use in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Micro-Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) prone applications.nbsp; Thin-film polymers are used in many spacecraft applications including multi-layer insulation, sunshields for thermal control, deployable structures, solar sails, as well as flexible solar ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Packaging and Manufacturing Processes to Enable Production of Very Large Solar Sails for Next Generation Missions

    SBC: Nexolve Holding Company, LLC            Topic: Z10

    The experience of building the NEA Scout solar Sail resulted in the realization that new manufacturing technology would be required to build solar sails significantly larger than NEA Scout. During Phase I, NeXolve successfully developed and demonstrated fab and fold processes and scalable-modular pathfinder mechanisms that can be fully developed to support fabrication and packaging of larger solar ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Dual Mode Green Monopropellant Propulsion System for Interplanetary Missions

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: T2

    Today many spacecraft carry two propulsion options: high thrust required for high acceleration maneuvers such as orbit insertion and rapid response; and low thrust required for station keeping and less critical maneuvers. A new class of non-toxic monopropellants, such as AF-M315E and LMP-103S, perform well in both high and low thrust regimes. Significant investments are maturing both monopropellan ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Air Vehicle Gust Response analysis for Conceptual Design

    SBC: Research In Flight, LLC            Topic: T15

    Research in Flight (RIF) and Auburn University are offering the development of an advanced, robust tool and methodology that allows the simulation and modeling of gust and wake vortex encounters for Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) enabled Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicle concepts. DEP enabled UAM concepts offer the potential for large performance improvements by exploiting favorable synergie ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Refractory Metal Coated Uranium Nitride Fuel for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: Z10

    As part of the Game Changing Development (GCD) Program, Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) has been identified as a critical technology needed for human missions to Mars due to its high specific impulse (Isp) as compared to traditional chemical propulsion systems.nbsp; A critical aspect of the program is to develop a robust, stable cermet based nuclear fuel.nbsp; To reduce cost and potential burdens ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Simple Reliable Retractable Lunar Lander Solar Array

    SBC: Nexolve Holding Company, LLC            Topic: H5

    A new light weight deployable solar power array module is proposed to address the need for a retractable solar array for the initial human lunar lander and future lunar surface applications. The proposed concept leverages recent advancements in thin film solar cell array technology which enables the array to be rolled into a compact cylindrical shape for stowage. The proposed concept will utilize ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Dispersion Strengthened Refractory Metal Claddings for NTP

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: Z10

    Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) has been identified as a critical technology needed for human missions to Mars due to its high specific impulse (Isp). An essential aspect of the program is to develop a robust, stable fuel element. The current element configuration is comprised of a cermet fuel (i.e., Mo-UN) and refractory metal claddings (Mo or Mo-W). Due to high temperature exposure, significant ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Highly Compatible, Additively Manufactured LOX Injectors

    SBC: ASRC Federal Astronautics, LLC            Topic: H10

    The potential for overheating either the faceplate or the body of a device injecting liquid oxygen (LOX) into a duct in which hydrogen is flowing at high temperature (2,850K) is extremely high. The temperature of the hydrogen alone (i.e., without combustion) is above the melting point of many materials, so adding to that the additional heat flux of a closely-anchored diffusion flame zone is an ext ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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