You are here

Flexible Multifunctional Structural Health Monitoring Systems for Inflatable Space Habitat Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23CA058
Agency Tracking Number: 222174
Amount: $845,308.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-05-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-05-23
Small Business Information
835 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94085-4514
United States
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Franklin Li
 (408) 745-1188
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Phone: (408) 307-4189
Research Institution

Inflatable structures are being pursued as candidates for long-term habitats in space. The ability to monitor and assess the structural health of an inflatable module is an important factor in determining the feasibility of using inflatable technologies for habitat requirements, especially in the presence of micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) threats. There is therefore a need for Structural Health Monitoring methods to perform impact detection andnbsp;localizationnbsp;to the inflatable structures throughout the structurersquo;s mission. This capability must be accomplished within real constraints for sensor volume, mass, and crew resources, including being able to perform effective damage monitoring of the inflatable habitat layers automaticallynbsp;during a mission either on a routine basis or as a quick- response basis.nbsp;Acellent has extensive experience in developing space and field-ready Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) diagnostic systems.nbsp;This program will focus on development, maturation, assembly and automation of ldquo;Flexible multifunctional Structural Health Monitoring systems for inflatable space habitat structuresrdquo;. The program will enable the low-cost manufacturing of integrated sensing capabilities in inflatable softgoods material systems that are needed to monitor impact detection in situ andnbsp;measure load/strain on softgoods components. The Phase II effort will focus on developingnbsp;a complete system for SHM for inflatable habitats andnbsp;testing on a sub scale inflatable habitats. Integration of sensors into the inflatable materails will be a key development conducted during the Pkhase II.nbsp;The work will be done in close co-ordination with NASA and subcontractors that will provide Vectran materails, manufacture the sub scale inflatable and perform testing.nbsp;

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government