Rigidizing Inflatable Deployable Dwelling (RIDD)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM06AA52C
Agency Tracking Number: 055117
Amount: $69,580.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: X2.02
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Firestar Engineering, LLC
557 Burbank St., Unit J, Broomfield, CO, 80020-7160
Duns: 119834419
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Fisher
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 439-2698
 david@firestar-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Ted Fisher
Title: Lead Software Engineer
Phone: (303) 439-2698
Email: ted.fisher@firestar-engineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
By combining thin thermoplastic films, woven Vectran reinforcements, and heat a reliable, deployable, rigidizing space habitat can be created. Although much research has been performed on rigidizing space structures, characteristic material flaws prevent reliable deployment of rigidizing extraterrestrial habitats. Many materials fail space qualification due to the catalytic nature of their rigidization method. However, by layering thin low-density polyethylene with virtually any composite weave, a pliable composite is created. When inflation pressure and heat are applied, the low density polyethylene melts into the composite weave and causes the entire matrix to harden. The proposed composite would consist of Vectran with a low-density polyethylene laminate. Because our composite is stable at nearly cryogenic temperatures through around 100 C, it outperforms most other rigidizing materials currently being studied. The thermal properties coupled with nearly zero creep provide strong promise for its compatibility with rigidizing habitats.

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