LIGHTWEIGHT ADVANCED COMPOSITE GONDOLA FOR STRATOSPHERIC BALLOONS

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,994.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
6765
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Pda Engineering
2975 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DONALD C GUICHARD
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A LIGHTWEIGHT GONDOLA IS PROPOSED WHICH USES THE ADVANTAGES OF ADVANCED COMPOSITES AND THE IMPROVED INTERLAMINAR PROPERTIES OF AMINE PLASMA-TREATED KEVLAR/EPOXY TO PROVIDE A VERSATILE, MODULAR STRUCTURE WHICH IS EASILY ADAPTABLE TO VARIOUS PAYLOAD REQUIREMENTS. TWO DESIGN CONCEPTS WITH SEPARABLE SECTIONS ARE DESCRIBED WHICH ALLOW ADAPTABILITY OFTHE STRUCTURE AND A HIGH DEGREE OF ACCESS FOR PAYLOAD INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE. THE COMPOSITE JOINTS ATTACHING THE MODULAR SECTIONS, AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF EACHDESIGN, IS DESCRIBED ALONG WITH THE ADVANTAGES EACH. THE STEPS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE PRELIMINARY DESIGN, ANALYSIS, ANDSUB-ELEMENT TESTS FOR THE GONDOLA ARE DESCRIBED FOR THE PHASE I EFFORT. PHASE II AND OTHER FUTURE WORK IS DESCRIBEDINCLUDING METHODS FOR SHOCK REDUCTION AND SHOCK ATTENUATION,DETAILED DESIGN, AND END ITEM FABRICATION.

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