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Game-Changing Photovoltaic Flexible Blanket Solar Array Technology with Spectrolab Flexsheets

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0066
Agency Tracking Number: 174977
Amount: $749,618.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_17_P2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-21
Small Business Information
460 Ward Drive, Suite F
Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2356
United States
DUNS: 825308732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Spence
 (805) 722-8090
Business Contact
 Brian Spence
Phone: (805) 722-8090
Research Institution

Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS) in collaboration with Spectrolab, Inc. has developed a modular multi-junction photovoltaic flexible blanket technology that uses innovative Spectrolab flexsheet SPM's that enable/enhance the ability to provide ultra-low cost, low mass, modularity, and high voltage operability for high power arrays to support solar electric propulsion (SEP) Human Exploration and Space Science missions.  The proposed multi-junction flexible blanket assembly with the innovative Spectrolab flexsheet SPM technology, when coupled to an optimized structural platform (such as DSS's ROSA / IMBA solar array, and/or other optimized flexible blanket solar array structures) will produce revolutionary array-system-level performance in terms of high specific power, lightweight, rapid assembly and re-configurability, compact stowage volume, reliability, unparalleled modularity, adaptability, affordability, reliable high voltage operability, adaptability to all flexible solar arrays, and rapid commercial infusion.  The proposed flexible blanket technology accommodates all space photovoltaics (PV) including standard XTJ PV and emerging IMM PV technologies.  Once successfully validated through the proposed Phase 2 program, the innovative lightweight and modular multi-junction flexible blanket technology will provide incredible performance improvements over current state-of-the-art, and will be mission-enabling for future NASA and non-NASA applications.

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