Mutlifunctional Energy Storage-Structure Modules for Advanced Space Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNG06LA33C
Agency Tracking Number: 054186
Amount: $69,934.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: S8.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
8130 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO, 80127-4107
DUNS: 040245305
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Berland
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 285-5111
 bberland@itnes.com
Business Contact
 Janet Casteel
Title: Manager, Business Relations
Phone: (303) 285-5111
Email: jcasteel@itnes.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ITN Energy Systems, Inc., in collaboration with the Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware, proposes to design and develop multifunctional structure-battery panels for next generation space structures than can be integrated into exploration vehicles or space habitats. The multifunctional panels significantly reduce parasitic mass and volume thereby significantly increasing mission capability for future space missions. In its on-going pursuit of lightweight, low-cost systems, the space industry has made significant investments in "high payoff" technologies such as composite structures and high energy-density batteries. These individual technologies are now "mature", and are "standard" for most new space designs. Additional investment in these areas would yield only a few percent improvements over current performance. Faced with these "diminishing returns", it is clear that future progress demands revolutionary new concepts for space subsystems. ITN believes that this challenge can best be met using Multifunctional Structures (MFS). Structure and electrical power are the two heaviest subsystems on space platforms. In addition, batteries often represent the most voluminous component of the spacecraft bus. Therefore, structure and batteries have been the subject of intense R&D in efforts to reduce mass and improve performance.

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