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Deployable and Retractable Solar Array for Lunar Surface/Lander Mobility Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0127
Agency Tracking Number: 194299
Amount: $749,163.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-08-02
Small Business Information
153 Castilian Drive
Goleta, CA 93117-3025
United States
DUNS: 825308732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Spence
 (805) 722-8090
Business Contact
 Brian Spence
Phone: (805) 722-8090
Research Institution

Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS) has developed a next-generation high performance solar array system specifically for NASArsquo;s future Lunar Lander and sample return missions.nbsp; The proposed Lunar Lander / Surface solar array has game-changing performance metrics in terms of extremely high specific power, ultra-compact stowage volume, affordability, low-risk, high environmental survivability/operability, high power capability, high deployed strength, high strength during deployment (for mission environments that have high gravity and wind loading from atmospheres as examples), high deployed stiffness, high reliability, retraction and re-deployment capability, and broad modularity / adaptability to many missions.nbsp; Most importantly, the proposed innovation has a demonstrated in-space capability to provide multiple and reliable deployments, retractions, and re-deployment operations allowing for continuous mobility operations and shuttling.nbsp; No other solar array has demonstrated the ability to deploy, retract and re-deploy multiple times in space or through ground testing.nbsp; The proposed technology innovation significantly enhances Lunar Lander and sample return vehicle capabilities by providing a low-cost alternative renewable power generating system in place of standard RTG systems currently being used.nbsp; The proposed innovation greatly increases performance and autonomy/mobility, decreases risk, and ultimately enables missions.nbsp;

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