An Active Thermal Control System for Extreme Environments

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD17P
Agency Tracking Number: 075651
Amount: $99,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S5.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955-5327
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Scaringe
 Principal Investigator
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Business Official
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
Venus retains many secrets pertaining to its formation and evolution. NASA is interested in expanding its ability to explore the deep atmosphere and surface of Venus through the use of long-lived balloons and landers. Survivability in extreme high temperatures and high pressures is also required for deep atmospheric probes to giant planets. This Phase I proposal discloses technology that will permit operation and survivability in high-temperature/high-pressure planetary environments such as Venus. The goal of this Phase I effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of a very high temperature thermal control system and to experimentally demonstrate a 1251 kJ/Kg thermal storage medium. The successful completion of such an effort requires dramatic advances in technology, areas in which Mainstream has tremendous experience and has excelled in the past. However, although no extremely high temperature heat rejection system has ever been fabricated anywhere in the world, this critical requirement is necessary to achieve long-life operation on Venus and other planets. This effort represents a major leap over the current state of the art, and Mainstream is uniquely suited to perform this task.

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