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Sampling the Venusian Atmosphere Using a Solar Power Paraglider

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2081
Agency Tracking Number: 187452
Amount: $124,874.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-15
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 David Hall
 Chief Configurator
 (805) 275-1053
Business Contact
 Andrew Gibson
Phone: (805) 704-1865
Research Institution

During this Phase I effort ESAero and PSI will explore the application of powered paragliders enabled by the integration of flexible solar cells into a flexible wing to perform science missions at Venus.  Phase I will also include defining the design space in terms of altitude, latitude, solar irradiance, winds aloft, platform mass, and mission performance parameters such as airspeed, climb and descent performance, and alternate mission profiles.  Parameter space will include tradeoffs between altitudes flown, latitudes flown, and airspeeds on mission duration as well as basic PPG design parameters such as aspect ratio, wing lift coefficient, flight speed, and gross mass. Additionally, the ESAero/PSI team will identify coatings that are transparent at visible wavelengths in order to allow the solar cells to provide power, and will develop a simple, robust conceptual approach for separating from the atmospheric entry vehicle and safely deploying in the Venusian atmosphere. This Phase I effort will also define basic parameters and approach to development of onboard autonomy.

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