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In-Space Manufacturing and Servicing of High Emissivity Coatings for Satellite Servicing and Spacecraft Life Extension Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0604
Agency Tracking Number: FX20C-TCSO1-0073
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF20C-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.C
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-08
Small Business Information
5000 Gulf Freeway, Exploration Research Park, Bldg 4, Suite 230
Houston, TX 77023-1111
United States
DUNS: 081060079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alex Ignatiev
 (713) 202-6043
Business Contact
 Elliot Carol
Phone: (646) 455-8382
Research Institution
 University of Houston
 Jarek Wosik
4726 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77024-4006
United States

 (713) 743-8237
 Nonprofit College or University

Lunar Resources , Inc., the corporate spinout of the NASA Wake Shield Facility program and technology leaders of in-space vacuum deposition, proposes with University of Houston to adapt LR’s space deposition system to manufacture high emissivity coatings on-orbit for USAF satellite servicing and space craft life extension missions. It is recognized that passive thermal systems present one of the largest barriers for satellite servicing as their emissive coatings degrade overtime due to the space environment. To overcome this challenge, we propose to fabricate these coatings directly on-orbit during nominal satellite servicing/refueling missions. The proposed effort will lay the foundation to repair and update degraded thermal systems on spacecraft to enable greater resiliency and lifetime of the USAF space fleet. 

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