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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. Microchannel Thermo Catalytic Ignition for Advanced Mono- and Bipropellants

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: T301

    Small and micro-spacecrafts require the efficient, micro-propulsion systems. Chemical micro-propulsion is best suited for use as primary thrust, orbital insertion and attitude control because of its high energy density. When grouped into arrays for larger thrust applications, micro-propulsion devices provide high propulsive flexibility or can be used as igniters. The proposed effort will focus ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. High Surface Area Iridium Anodes and Melt Containers for Molten Oxide Electrolysis

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: X302

    Direct electrochemical reduction of molten regolith is the most attractive method of oxygen production on the lunar surface, because no additional chemical reagents are needed. The process is proven on a laboratory scale, but the cathode-anode system and melt containers need to be improved for practical applications. The electrochemical processing of molten oxides requires high surface area inert ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. High Chamber Pressure, Light Weight Thrusters

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: S308

    The performance liquid propellant engines can be significantly improved by increasing both combustion temperature and pressure and reducing engine weight. State of the art Bi-propellant engines are metallic; the highest temperature combustion chambers are made of iridium/rhenium metals. Utilizing carbon-carbon composites for thrust chamber structures can reduce component weight by as much as 90%. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Multi-Use Coating for Abrasion Prevention, Wear Protection, and Lunar Dust Removal

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: X502

    The deleterious effects of lunar dust, typically less than 50 µm in diameter, have to be addressed prior to establishing a human base and long duration human presence on the surface of the moon. These effects include abrasion of seals, gaskets, motors, actuators, gimbals, bearings, blocking of optical windows, and coating of thermal control surfaces and solar panels with lunar dust. Negative phy ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Mass Production of Mature Lunar Regolith Simulant

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: X602

    As NASA prepares for future exploration activities on the Moon, there is a growing need to develop higher fidelity lunar soil simulants that can accurately reproduce the properties and behavior of lunar soil. Simulants are employed on earth to verify the performance of equipment, mechanisms, structures and processes to be used on the lunar surface. One of the significant limitations of current si ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Improved Metal-Polymeric Laminate Radiation Shielding

    SBC: Powdermet, Inc.            Topic: X401

    In this proposed Phase I program, a multifunctional lightweight radiation shield composite will be developed and fabricated. This structural radiation shielding will be a high strength, syntactic polymeric where the polymer is filled with high strength low Z material. Specifically, this program will produce structural Polymeric aluminum alloy-LiBH4 composite materials layups. These structural co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Mesh Generation and Adaption for High Reynolds Number RANS Computations

    SBC: Research South, Inc.            Topic: T801

    This proposal offers to provide NASA with an automatic mesh generator for the simulation of aerodynamic flows using Reynolds-Averages Navier-Stokes (RANS) models. The tools will be capable of generating high-quality, highly-stretched (anisotropic) grids in boundary layer regions and transition smoothly to inviscid flow regions even in an adaptive context. The objective of the work is to offer a un ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Radiation Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable FPGA

    SBC: RNET TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: X103

    NASA has been tasked to develop new and advanced capabilities to support both future manned and robotic missions to the lunar and Martian surfaces. It is the purpose of this program to develop advanced avionics, software, and information technologies for exploration missions. In particular, NASA is concerned with the extreme radiation present on the lunar surface, Martian surface, and in deep sp ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Radiation Mitigation Methods for Advanced Readout Array

    SBC: RNET TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: S109

    NASA is interested in the development of advanced instruments and instrument components for planetary science missions. Specifically, an area of importance in relation to in situ sensors and sensor systems is instrument deployment on a variety of space platforms, which include orbiters, flyby spacecraft, landers, rovers, balloon, other aerial vehicles, subsurface penetrators, and impactors. Thes ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Dual Polarization Multi-Frequency Antenna Array

    SBC: SPECTRA RESEARCH, INC.            Topic: S102

    NASA employs various passive microwave and millimeter-wave instruments, such as spectral radiometers, for a wide range of remote sensing applications from measurements of the Earth's surface and atmosphere to cosmic background emission. These instruments such as the HIRAD (Hurricane Intensity Radiometer), SFMR (Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer), and LRR (Lightweight Rainfall Radiometer), pro ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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