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In-Situ Application of Multi-Layer Thermal Protection System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0533
Agency Tracking Number: 193201
Amount: $124,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T12
Solicitation Number: STTR_19_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
510 Earl Boulevard, Miamisburg, OH, 45342-6411
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Hreha
 (937) 320-1877
 hrehard@crgrp.com
Business Contact
 Jackie Luce
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Email: lucejm@crgrp.com
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
 110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX, 00000-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to advance the state-of-the-art in space vehicle Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) through in-situ application and curing of a proprietary new resin technology called MG Resin, a family of thermoset formulations. The resins are being explored with DARPA, MDA, NASA, and the Army for a range of applications including C/C hot structures, TPS, syntactic insulation, and elastomeric rocket motor insulation among others. The materials have demonstrated high char yield, low erosion, and good mechanical performance, and are compatible with a wide variety of fillers and substrates. The overall material system is tunable to meet application, processing, and curing needs. Coupled with fillers, the resins allow a heat shield to be fabricated directly onto the vehicle and built up layer-by-layer for optimal performance to meet mission objectives. Inner layers can be filled with microballoons for insulation, outer layers filled with chopped fiber for strength, and the surface carbonized for improved ablation resistance. The hybrid materials are suitable for automated processing and the combined value is quicker and lower cost production of TPS for space exploration vehicles.

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