In-Space Cryogenic VOST Connect/Disconnect

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$600,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNJ06JS33C
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
040103
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.04
Small Business Information
Big Horn Valve, Inc
248 W Works Street, Sheridan, WY, 82801-4213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
013863132
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Gray
 Principal Investigator
 (307) 672-5443
 zg@WyomingSilicon.com
Business Contact
 Robert Burgess
Title: President
Phone: (307) 672-0968
Email: vost@fiberpipe.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Two novel cryogenic couplings will be designed, fabricated and tested. Intended for in-space use at cryogenic propellant depots, the couplings are 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 health measurements, and robotic control are possible.

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