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  1. Vapor Cooled Structure MLI: Efficient Vapor Cooling of Structural Elements

    SBC: Quest Thermal Group, LLC            Topic: H204

    Human exploration requires new technologies for advanced in-space propulsion systems. Improvements in cryogenic propellant storage are a critical need. NASA's Technology Roadmaps call "Zero Boil Off storage of cryogenic propellants for long duration missions" the #2 technical challenge for future NASA missions. Heat leak through tank mounts such as struts and skirts is an increasingly large part ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Nitrous Ethane-Ethylene Rocket with Hypergolic Ignition

    SBC: PIONEER ASTRONAUTICS            Topic: S302

    The Nitrous Ethane-Ethylene Rocket with Hypergolic Ignition (NEERHI) engine is a proposed technology designed to provide small spacecraft with non-toxic, non-cryogenic, high performance, hypergolic propulsion. When passed over a warm ruthenium catalyst bed, gaseous nitrous oxide and an ethylene-ethane gaseous blend combust instantly. A small 1 N thruster can be designed to provide small satellite ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Electride Hollow Cathode

    SBC: Plasma Controls, LLC            Topic: S302

    Plasma Controls, LLC will develop hollow cathode electron sources based on a novel inorganic electron emitting material. Current state of the art cathodes include barium oxide based cathodes, which are susceptible to contamination, and lanthanum hexaboride cathodes, which must be operated at very high temperatures. In contrast, electride cathodes may provide equivalent emission to existing hollow ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Non-Parametric, Closed-Loop Testing of Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    SBC: Numerica Corporation            Topic: A201

    The proposed Phase II program aims to develop new methods to support safety testing for integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace (NAS) with a particular focus on testing the collision avoidance (CA) algorithms of a UAS Sense-and-Avoid (SAA) system. This research addresses the fundamental difficulty of verifying the performance of autonomous systems that dynamically reac ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Flight Testing of Resource allocation for Multi-Agent Planning (ReMAP) System for Unmanned Vehicles

    SBC: Area I, Inc.            Topic: A202

    Area-I, Incorporated personnel have led the design, fabrication, and flight testing of fourteen unmanned aircraft, one manned aircraft, and numerous advanced guidance, control, and avionics packages. Area-I has continued this tradition in its development of the Resource allocation for Multi-Agent Planning, or ReMAP, guidance and navigation system for unmanned aircraft. The ReMAP system, whose core ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Radiation Hardened Structured ASIC Platform for Rapid Chip Development for Very High Speed System on a Chip (SoC) and Complex Digital Logic Systems

    SBC: Microelectronics Research Development Corporation            Topic: S2003

    Radiation Hardened Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) provide the highest performance, lowest power and smallest size ICs for Space Missions. To dramatically reduce the development cycle, and reduce cost to tape out, Micro-RDC proposes a Structured ASIC approach. In this methodology, we fix an array of complex logic cells and provide a fixed area array for I/O pads supporting in exce ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Improved Navigation for Highly Dynamic Environments

    SBC: Advanced Space LLC            Topic: H903

    Spacecraft missions are more commonly entering highly dynamic environments, such as lunar libration orbits, orbits about small bodies, and orbits driven by low-thrust propulsion. Advanced Space proposes to develop a robust navigation filter optimized for each of these highly dynamic environments. Further, the tool will be designed to be open-source and work with tools such as NASA's General Missio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Electric Potential and Field Instrument for CubeSat (EPIC)


    Upcoming NASA Earth and Space Science missions as well as planetary exploration missions will require improvements in particle and field sensors and associated instrument technologies. Technology developments are needed that result in expanded measurement capabilities and a reduction in size, mass, power, and cost. To that end, NASA has become increasingly interested in the use of small spacecra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. An Advanced Smoke-Eater for Post-Fire Cabin Atmosphere Cleanup

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: H302

    An on-board oxygen concentrator is required during long duration manned space missions to supply medical oxygen. The commercial medical oxygen generators based on pressure swing adsorption (PSA) are large and highly power intensive. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) proposes to develop a small, lightweight, portable oxygen generator based on a vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) to produce concentrated medical ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. LMM Holographic Optical Tweezers (HOT) Module

    SBC: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.            Topic: H1401

    We propose to expand the capabilities of the LMM for colloidal and other research by developing a holographic optical tweezers (HOT) module, allowing solid-state software-controlled micromanipulation with no moving parts. A HOT device produces hundreds of independently-steerable and independently-focusable beams, as well as other arbitrarily-complex 3D illumination patterns. HOT is useful for coll ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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