Advanced Aerogel Composites for Low Signature Base Camp Shelters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,997.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132T-11-C-0003
Award Id:
97932
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-109-1763
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-109
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, 01532
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
RoxanaTrifu
Senior Research Leader
(508) 466-3114
rtrifu@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
KevinSchmidt
VP, Operations
(508) 691-1161
contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Base camps require reduction in heat signature to maintain low-observable capabilities. Both warfighters and sustainment forces within the base camps generate characteristic heat signatures that can reveal the location, presence of personnel and electronic equipment, and may provide some indication of activities and OPTEMPO. Aspen Aerogels, with partner Qinetiq North America, proposes to develop a shelter skin system that combines the thermal barrier properties of aerogel insulation with other heat dissipating technologies to shield base camp structures from heat signature observation. Aspen Aerogels will develop a unique, flexible aerogel formulation which will be combined with other thermal regulating technologies to deliver a shelter with highly reduced heat signature. The Aspen solution will capitalize on the company's past success utilizing the advantages of aerogel's extremely low thermal conductivity to provide a revolutionary material for thermal management of base camp structures. This innovation will be integrated with other heat dissipation and renewable power production and storage technologies to deliver thermal cloaking capabilities to Army Base Camps. Partnering with Qinetiq North America will expand technology reach, analysis capabilities, composite manufacturing, and highly-competent integration expertise to bring this innovation from concept to commercialization.

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