Three Dimensionally Reinforced Membranes for Space Inflatables & Deployables

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,610.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
54971
Agency Tracking Number:
992626
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
284 NE Tralee Court, Hillsboro, OR, 97124
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Tim Lachenmeier
President
() -
tim@gsslinc.com
Business Contact:
Tim Lachenmeier
President
(503) 681-2196
tim@gsslinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NASA's Ultra Long Duration Balloon and Aerobot programs are seeking innovative and cost effective solutions to provide: high strength to weight composite envelope materials; efficient cost-effective seaming and fabrication techniques; deployment and inflation of balloon envelopes in planetary atmospheres; and innovative balloon design concepts. The proposed 3DR technology can meet all these challenges by providing: locally reinforced materials to optimize strength to weight; innovative gore fabrication and joining techniques to produce almost seamless structures; envelopes designed to efficiently handle multiple loading conditions including deployment and inflation; and adaptability to wide range of innovative designs and shapes. The project's phase I objectives include analysis of factors for a prototype mission, definition of the required process, design specifications, cost estimates and a Phase II fabrication plan. The Phase I effort evaluates the feasibility and develops the specifications for a prototype design. The Phase II effort demonstrates the technology with a prototype that is designed and tested for an actual mission. The successful Phase II demonstration will trigger the necessary investment to develop a commercially viable technology. NASA's investment in this cross enterprise technology supports several of its critical thrust areas and provides an enabling technology for new innovative applications.

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