STRUCTURAL VELCRO FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5064
Amount: $49,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Foster-miller Inc.
350 Second Ave, Waltham, MA, 02254
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Paul J. Marinaccio
Title: Investigator
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
FOSTER-MILLER, INC. HAS DEVELOPED A NEW STRUCTURAL CLOSURE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS POTENTIALLY VERY ATTRACTIVE FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS. THIS TECHNOLOGY IS BASED ON THE "VELCRO" CONCEPT OF A "TOUGH AND CLOSE" EASILY MADE CLOSURE COMPOSED OF MANY SMALL ELEMENTS THAT ENGAGE OR HOOK. HOWEVER, UNLIKEREGULAR VELCRO, TENSILE FORCES AS HIGH AS 100 PSI WITH SLIGHT PRESSURE ENGAGEMENT HAVE BEEN OBTAINED. THE ATTACHMENTS CAN BE PRODUCED FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF MATERIALSINCLUDING ENGINEERING PLASTICS AND REFRACTORY METALS. THE RUGGED STRUCTURAL NATURE OF THESE ATTACHMENTS COUPLED WITH THEIR EASE OF ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY MAKE THEM CANDIDATES FOR MANY SPACE RELATED APPLICATIONS. THESE MAY INCLUDE ATTACHMENTS FOR SPACE STATION METEOR BUMPERS, REPLACEMENT SOLAR PANELS, MODULE SHELVING, STRUCTURAL STRUTS, UTILITY LINES,PIPE LINES, FUEL LINES, INSTRUMENTATION AND AUXILIARY SUBSYSTEM DEVICES. THE DEVELOPMENT IS IN AN EARLY STAGE ANDHAS NOT YET BEEN APPLIED TO SPACE APPLICATION. THE WORK PROPOSED HERE FOR PHASE I WILL DEVELOP THE STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENT DESIGNS AND CONSTRUCT PROTOTYPES TO DEMONSTRATE THE USEFULNESS OF THE TECHNOLOGY IN SPACE STRUCTURES.

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