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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. SPHERES Mars Orbiting Sample Return External Orbiting Capture


    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
  2. Portable Sensor for Rapid In Situ Measurement of Trace Toxic Metals in Water

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: X303

    Water is one of the most crucial provisions that astronauts need to live and work in space, whether orbiting Earth, working at a lunar base or traveling to Mars. For long-duration human missions, drinking water can come from a variety of sources including treated humidity condensate, urine, hygiene water or makeup sources (e.g., water brought up from the ground or obtained through fuel cells). The ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Wide Temperature Cycling Tolerant Electronic Packaging Substrates

    SBC: ReMetAl LLC            Topic: X602

    Planetary exploration missions require electronics packaging that can withstand extreme temperatures and numerous temperature cycles (-230C to +350C). The present project proposes a novel metallized ceramic substrates that could potentially withstand these temperature extremes and serve as reliable packaging platforms. Phase I research will be aimed at confirming this - new metallized ceramic subs ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Novel Membrane for Highly Efficient Fuel Cells

    SBC: EIC LABORATORIES, INC.            Topic: X801

    Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells and electrolyzers are key technologies for NASA space systems utilizing hydrogen, oxygen, or water as reactants. In order to improve the life and reliability of the electrochemical stacks within these systems, as well as to reduce overall system mass/volume and cost, development of membrane-electrode-assemblies (MEAs) that are stable and highly efficient i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Electrically Conductive, Hydrophilic Porous Membrane for Fuel Cell Applications

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: X801

    This Phase I effort seeks to produce a conductive polyethersulfone (PES) microporous membrane for fuel cell water management applications. This membrane will facilitate gas/liquid separations in regenerative fuel cells (RFC). The preferred novel approach will impart electrical conductivity to the PES itself; previous attempts at similar membrane development have only focused on applying a conduc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. SPHERES/Universal ISS Battery Charging Station


    With the retiring of the shuttle fleet, up-mass and down-mass to ISS are at a premium. The space station itself has a limited lifecycle as well, thus long-term and/or high-risk development programs pose issues for science 'return on investment', if the technology cannot be adequately matured before the station is decommissioned. Thus innovative systems and technologies that minimize impa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Behavioral Monitoring and Evaluation for the Delivery of Interactive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (B-MEDIC)

    SBC: Aptima, Inc.            Topic: X1301

    Crew behavioral health and performance are of high importance, especially for long duration exploration missions. Early detection of stress and effective options for restoration and enhancement of behavioral health are imperative for accomplishment of mission objectives and for maintaining a productive spaceflight environment. To address the behavioral health issues during exploration missions, th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. A Variable-Output Bio-Electrochemical System for Wastewater Treatment and Increased Loop Closure in Exploration Life Support Systems

    SBC: CAMBRIAN INNOVATION, INC.            Topic: X301

    In this project IntAct Labs proposes to develop a novel system to increase loop closure for water treatment in regenerative life support using bio-electrochemical processes (BEC processes). One of the limiting factors in space exploration, particularly outside of low earth orbit (LEO), involves the power draw and significant mass in oxygen, water and other supplies needed for life support. Bio-ele ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. NDE and Stress Monitoring on Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels

    SBC: Jentek Sensors, Inc.            Topic: X504

    Damage caused by composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) failure can be catastrophic. Thus, monitoring condition and stress in the composite overwrap, including the fiber layers most prone to failure is needed during both preflight qualification and spaceflight. We will develop practical Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) capability for use during spaceflight and surface mounted magnetic stre ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Solid State Multiwavelength LIDAR for Volcanic Ash Monitoring

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: A104

    Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a compact, multiwavelength LIDAR with polarization analysis capability that will be able to identify volcanic ash clouds at distance. The system will be developed specifically for airborne deployment, including on Unmanned Aerial Systems. A UAS-equipped with such a LIDAR could provide valuable supplementary information to that available from existing an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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