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Extreme Temperature Vapor Compression Heat Pump

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0383
Agency Tracking Number: 194490
Amount: $123,152.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z2
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-18
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Sykes
 Senior Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution

Mainstream proposes to develop a vapor compression (VC) thermal management system suitable for long duration lunar equatorial missions. Because the high lunar surface temperatures during daytime operation exceed the maximum allowable temperature for most electronics, an active lifting cycle is needed rather than typical spacecraft thermal control strategies such as passive thermal links or mechanical pumped loops. The objective of Phase I is to design and demonstrate the key enabling technologies needed to produce a fully functioning VC heat pump prototype. The most significant technological innovation needed to achieve a highly reliable lunar VC heat pump is the improvement of microgravity compressor technology. The main focus of Phase I of this program is to adapt our microgravity refrigerant compressor technology for operation at the extreme environmental conditions of lunar equatorial missions. Our approach leverages our experience with spaceflight-proven microgravity compressors and advanced heat exchanger design. In Phase I, we will design, fabricate and test these key technologies for lunar lander thermal management.

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