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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. A LIBS System for Lunar Surface Measurements

    SBC: Q-PEAK INCORPORATED            Topic: S111

    In response to NASA's solicitation for light-weight and power efficient instruments that enable elemental and/or mineralogy analysis, Q-Peak, together with Firestar Technology and the Colorado School of Mines, proposes to develop a compact, robust and efficient, instrument capable of performing, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). The main advantages in ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Enhanced ORCA and CLARREO Depolarizers Using AR Microstructures

    SBC: TELAZTEC LLC            Topic: S202

    Next generation Earth Science Satellites ORCA and CLARREO are designed to measure our planet's ocean and climate health. Using hyper-spectral imaging at wavelengths ranging from the UV through NIR, these instruments will record the levels of the earth's temperature rise over the course of a decade. To make such detailed measurements, polarization effects at various wavelengths due to m ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Aerogel-Based Multi-Layer Insulation with Micrometeoroid Protection

    SBC: ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.            Topic: S302

    Cryogenic fluid management (CFM) is a critical technical area needed for successful development of Mars architectures. The biggest challenge is the storage of cryogenic propellants for long durations. These propellants have boiling points well below the environmental temperatures of earth orbit or Mars; as such, the tanks must be regularly vented to prevent over pressurization if they are not we ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. High-Speed Atmospheric Correction Algorithm for Spectral Image Processing

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: S603

    Generating land and ocean data products from NASA multispectral and hyperspectral imagery missions requires atmospheric correction, the removal of atmospheric transmission and scattering effects that contaminate the measurements. This program led by Spectral Sciences, Inc. (SSI) addresses the challenges of high-speed, high-accuracy atmospheric correction for NASA's current (e.g., Hyperion, A ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. High Performing PFPE Nanofluid Lubricants

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: X505

    Space missions could benefit from improved lubricant technology. PSI intends to develop novel liquid lubricant formulations which are applicable for future NASA missions. Our concept is based upon use of nanofluid technology whereby stable, colloidal suspensions of additives are present in perfluoropolyalkylether (PFPE) base fluids. The additives will become sheared within minute scratches and gro ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. High-Efficiency, High-Power Ka-Band Elliptic-Beam Traveling-Wave-Tube Amplifier for Long-Range Space RF Telecommunications

    SBC: Beam Power Technology, Inc.            Topic: O105

    Space telecommunications require amplifiers that are efficient, high-power, wideband, small, lightweight, and highly reliable. Currently, helix traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA) are the technology of choice. Conventional helix TWTAs employ circular electron beams. Recently, lightweight circular-beam helix TWTAs have been demonstrated with power output in the range of several hundred watts and ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. 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 in Phase I to develop, test and characterize with electrospray ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Enhanced Reliability MEMS Deformable Mirrors for Space Imaging Applications

    SBC: Boston Micromachines Corporation            Topic: S202

    The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a reliable, fault-tolerant wavefront control system that will fill a critical technology gap in NASA's vision for future coronagraphic observatories. The project outcomes include innovative advances in component design and fabrication and substantial progress in development of high-resolution deformable mirrors (DM) suitable for space-bas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Innovative Deterministic Optical Surface Finishing

    SBC: AGILTRON, INC.            Topic: S205

    Increasing the optical surface finishing precision and reducing surface roughness will greatly benefit astronomy telescope and other optical systems. Conventional optical finishing only delivers about 1/10 lambda surface flatness and is hard to handle arbitrary surface shape. To finish optical surface with low cost to an ultra high precision and to reach the capability of generating arbitrary surf ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. SPHERES Mars Orbiting Sample Return External Orbiting Capture

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: S504

    NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission scenario utilizes a small Orbiting Sample (OS) satellite, launched from the surface of Mars, which will rendezvous with an Orbiter/Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). When the radio beacon-equipped OS is within range of the ERV's optical sensors, the ERV will optically track and approach the OS, maneuvering itself to place the OS within its capture device. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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