Cooler for Space-Based Storage of Low-Temperature Cryogens

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$2,166,961.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F29601-02-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-0074
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Beck Engineering
3319 21st Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054758185
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Beck
Engineer
(253) 853-1703
dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Beck
President
(253) 853-1703
dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"The Air Force requires the capability to provide cryogenic cooling of electronics, focal plane arrays, and cryogenic fluids for long term (over five year) space missions. In Phase II, we propose to continue developing enabling technology for long-termspace-based low-temperature (<35K) cooling. We propose to continue developing a compact and lightweight cooler that operates efficiently at cold temperatures. Our cooler will efficiently cool at low temperatures, so the required power input to our coolerwill be small, and the entire system (including solar panels) will be compact and lightweight. In Phase I, we are demonstrating the operation of a breadboard cooler. In Phase II, we will upgrade our Phase I breadboard cooler design, and we will build,test, and deliver to the AFRL an engineering development model (EDM) cooler. We will develop the mechanical cooler, but we will continue to use breadboard electronics. In option tasks and Phase III, we will design, build, and sell our cooler for manyapplications in the Federal Government and the private sector, and we will license our cooler technology to other companies."

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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