Multifunctional, Boron-Foam Based Radiation Shielding

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL05AA78P
Agency Tracking Number:
042259
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
B3.09
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MER Corp
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706-9237
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 Witold Kowbel
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The NASA vision of Space Exploration requires new approaches to radiation shielding. Both Spiral 2 and Spiral 3 concepts are extremely sensitive to weight reduction. Currently used thermal protection (TPS) and radiation shielding concepts are separate identities. As a result, the net weight of current TPS/radiation shielding concepts is very significant. In an effort to greatly reduce the mass of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a totally new concept is proposed. It merges a novel approach to TPS combined with a totally new approach to radiation shielding. A boron carbide foam will be produced by a novel method. This foam will be integrated into a CEV TPS concept. As a result, the TPS will serve a multiple function including radiation shielding resulting in a significant weight saving.

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