In-Space Cryogenic VOST Connect/Disconnect

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ05JB91C
Agency Tracking Number: 040103
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: X2.04
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Big Horn Valve Inc
248 W Works Street, Sheridan, WY, 82801-4213
Duns: 013863132
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Gray
 Principal Investigator
 (307) 672-5443
 zg@wyomingsilicon.com
Business Contact
 Zachary Gray
Title: Business Official
Phone: (307) 672-5443
Email: zg@wyomingsilicon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A novel cryogenic coupling will be designed and modeled. Intended for in-space use at cryogenic propellant depots, the coupling is based on patented Venturi-Offset Technology (VOST) and will provide small fluid and heat leakage at high flows with a low pressure drop. Entirely mechanical, insertion opens the passage, removal closes the passage. Mating force and alignment requirements are small. With only eight major parts, reliability is high and mass is low. Redundant seals, integrated flow measurements, and robotic control are possible.

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