Integral Radiators for Next Generation Thermal Control Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$68,788.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ04JC23C
Agency Tracking Number:
033236
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
F3.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Paragon Space Development Corp.
2700 E. Executive Dr., Suite 100, Tucson, AZ, 85706-7151
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
83700229
Principal Investigator:
Grant Anderson
Principal Investigator
(520) 903-1000
ganderson@paragonsdc.com
Business Contact:
Taber MacCallum
Business Official
(520) 903-1000
tmaccallum@paragonsdc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The main goal of spacecraft thermal control systems is to maintain internal and external temperature within acceptable boundaries while minimizing impact on vehicle mass, complexity and operability. Paragon is proposing to develop an integrated radiator/structure design approach that will permit efficient thermal performance of the integral radiator while simultaneously serving as a load bearing structure member. The innovation in the proposed design is to integrate the radiator within the stressed skin of the vehicle thereby achieving a superior lb/sq ft penalty over conventional designs while establishing a baseline coating system that will survive the ground, launch pad and ascent environments. An additional possibility will be to achieve survival of coatings in a leeward reentry environment for added benefit to reusable OSP concepts. Our proposal would advance the state-of-the-art in integral radiator designs for conformal structure applications by reducing the key technology development risks so they can be considered for the next generation manned space systems, such as the OSP, as well as other applications. The central objective of the combined Phase I and Phase II work plan is to take load bearing, environmentally compatible radiator designs from the present position of TRL 3, to TRL 5 or 6.

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