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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. Macro-Fiber Composite-based actuators for space

    SBC: Extreme Diagnostics, Inc.            Topic: S202

    This SBIR project creates a CubeSat-based on-orbit Validation System (CVS) that provides performance data for Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) piezocomposite actuators operating in space and matures this precision deployable technology through validation tests in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). NASA customers include active structures like complex space-based deployable telescopes. Phases I/II advance MFC actua ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Compact 3D Wind Sensor for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    SBC: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.            Topic: S107

    Accurate wide-area mapping of three-dimensional (3D) wind vectors plays an important role in our ability to understand climate processes, predict weather patterns and hazards, and unravel planetary atmospheric dynamics, both on Earth and extraterrestrially. To this end, NASA has several airborne Doppler lidar platforms (e.g., DAWN, MACAWS) that are capable of mapping 3D wind vectors. These systems ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Multifunctional Polyolefin Matrix Composite Structures

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: H1101

    Polyethylene, and ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) in particular, is an outstanding material for radiation shielding in the sense that its extraordinarily high hydrogen content both minimizes the production of secondary ions during exposure to energetic radiation and captures neutrons. Its low density and high wear resistance also make it attractive for the structures of manned spa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Robust, Highly Scalable Solar Array System

    SBC: ROCCOR, LLC            Topic: H501

    Solar array systems currently under development are focused on near-term missions with designs optimized for the 30-50 kW power range. However, NASA has a vital interest in developing much larger solar arrays (up to 1 MW of power) for Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) missions. Scaling to this size will require fundamental changes in many aspects of the solar array system design as embodied by NAS ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Development of a High Energy Er-Fiber Amplifier for a Space-based Wind, Aerosol, and Range Lidar Sensor

    SBC: SibellOptics, LLC            Topic: S101

    NASA is interested in Lidar technologies that will enhance the measurement of atmospheric and topographic parameters of the Earth, Mars, the Moon, and other planetary bodies. Compactness, efficiency, reliability, and long MTBF values are required in order for the instrument to be deployed on unconventional platforms such as balloon, small sat, CubeSat, and ground-based exploratory systems (rovers) ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Cellular Load Responsive MLI: Structural In-Air and In-Space LH2 Insulation

    SBC: Quest Thermal Group, LLC            Topic: H203

    Advanced space propulsion systems are a critical need for future NASA deep space missions. High thrust engines could revolutionize space exploration. Nuclear Thermal Propulsion ("NTP") is a high thrust/high Isp propulsion technology. Reduced or Zero Boil Off of LH2 propellant for long duration missions is among the critical technology advancements needed for cryogenic propellant storage for both N ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Clean Catalysts for Water Recovery Systems in Long-Duration Missions


    A catalytic post-processor is the last unit operation that reclaimed water typically sees before being consumed by the crew, therefore the entire sub-system must be safe, reliable and well-understood. The key innovation required to provide a sub-system for longer-term missions is to develop catalyst technologies that maintain a high degree of activity and physical stability over multi-year operati ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Enabling Pump Technologies for Deep Throttle Ascent/Descent Engine Operation

    SBC: BARBER-NICHOLS INC.            Topic: H201

    Methane fueled ascent / descent space engines in the 10,000 to 25,000 lbf thrust class require deep throttle capability, placing unique challenges on the turbopumps. Previous engine throttle-ability studies have required both LOX and fuel turbopumps to operate at ratios of volumetric flow rate to shaft speed (Q/N) of 0.2 to over 1 for 10:1 engine throttle operation. Such operational ranges are pa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Flexible 2-Phase Thermal Strap for Small Sats

    SBC: i2C Solutions, LLC            Topic: S307

    A rapidly growing class of spacecraft are CubeSats and SmallSats. Current NASA missions indicate an equally rapid growth of technological capabilities to support these small spacecraft. However, large deployable solar arrays and closely packed electronic suites are giving rise to an increasing demand for thermal management technologies in CubeSats and SmallSats. NASA is currently seeking more s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. ORSC Methane Ascent/Descent Engine Technology Development

    SBC: Special Aerospace Services            Topic: H201

    Special Aerospace Services (SAS) is proposing a new and innovative ascent/descent engine using methane as its propellant. This engine will utilize the concepts of the Oxidizer Rich Staged Combustion (ORSC) cycle of the RD-8 to improve on performance over existing hardware. This SBIR program will leverage existing work SAS has done in conjunction with DARPA to on the RD-8 preburner to design and an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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