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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for the given year is not complete until April of the following year. Annual Reports data is a snapshot of agency reported information for that year and hence might look different from the live data in the Awards Information charts.

  1. Rapid Damage-Free Shaping of Lightweight SiC Using Reactive Atom Plasma (RAP) Processing

    SBC: RAPT Industries, Inc.            Topic: S204

    The proposed Phase II effort seeks to demonstrate a dramatic reduction of the manufacturing cost and cycle time of lightweight silicon carbide mirrors by substituting a novel reactive atom plasma (RAP) process for traditional hard tool grinding and lapping. We will use the RAP process (a plasma-based non-contact shaping tool) along with conventional steps to shape a series of lightweight optics, c ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Triaxial Swirler Liquid Injector Development

    SBC: SIERRA ENGINEERING, INC.            Topic: X601

    Sierra Engineering Inc. (Sierra) believes that the subject triaxial liquid propellant swirl injector has the potential to meet many of NASA's Earth-to-Orbit (ETO) propulsion systems goals. The triaxial swirl injector is ideally suited to a wide range of liquid oxidizers and fuels, including hydrogen and a wide range of hydrocarbons. It holds the potential of excellent high-frequency combustion st ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Methane Pyrolysis for Hydrogen & Carbon Nanotube Recovery from Sabatier Products

    SBC: UMPQUA RESEARCH COMPANY            Topic: B301

    Development of a microgravity and hypogravity compatible catalytic methane pyrolysis reactor is proposed to recover hydrogen which is lost as methane in the conversion of carbon dioxide to water via the Sabatier process. This will close the hydrogen loop which currently requires 50% resupply and also produce carbon nanotubes, a high value product which may be employed as an adsorbent or catalyst ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Thin Film Flat Panel Off-Axis Solar Concentrator with Flux Distribution

    SBC: United Applied Technologies, Inc.            Topic: X203

    Long duration space missions and extended manned missions on the surface of the moon and Mars are key elements of NASA's new Vision. These missions will require utilization of in situ resources and materials to reduce up-mass and up-volume and for fabricating habitable structures from in situ materials. The overall objective of this Phase II is to design and fabricate an in situ materials processi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Intelligence-Based Multi-Resolution 3D Visual Modeling, Registration And Obstacle Avoidance Capabilities For Unmanned Vehicles


    As one of NASA's key motivation, the use of truly autonomous unmanned vehicles (UV) has been hampered by lack of sophisticated and resource efficient obstacle avoidance systems. Solving the obstacle avoidance problem to permit truly autonomous operations in a cluttered and occluded environment has been the subject of considerable research. In Phase I, UtopiaCompression (UC) has developed a layered ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Advanced Structural Nanomaterials for Astronaut Radiation Protection

    SBC: ZYVEX Corporation            Topic: B103

    Zyvex in cooperation with Prairie View A&M (CARR) and Boeing will develop a space radiation shielding multi-functional material that will provide high energy radiation shielding required to protect astronauts on extended missions, strong enough to be used as an integral structural material and tough enough to survive micro-meteor impacts, provide EMI shielding, and enhanced thermal conductivity. T ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Si-O-C Aerogels for TPS of Reentry Vehicles

    SBC: ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.            Topic: X206

    NASA has expressed a need to identify and develop breakthrough technologies that have potential to provide increased scientific return at lower cost, and to enable missions and capabilities beyond current horizons. To make these missions feasible, advanced thermal materials are needed as thermal protection system (TPS) materials for reentry. For this Phase II SBIR project, Aspen Aerogels Inc. pr ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Powder Handling Device for X-ray Diffraction Analysis with Minimal Sample Preparation

    SBC: inXitu            Topic: S401

    This project consists in developing a Vibrating Powder Handling System for planetary X-Ray Diffraction instruments. The principle of this novel sample handling technique relies on vibrations generated in a sample holder to create movements in the powdered sample. The major benefit over conventional sample handling techniques is the possibility to characterize materials with grain-sizes up to two o ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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