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Multifunctional Applique for Spacecrafts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-05-C-7286
Agency Tracking Number: 05-0056T
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-T019
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-16
Small Business Information
515 Schoolhouse Road, Kennett Square, PA, 19348
DUNS: 928913441
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Biter
 President
 (610) 444-2383
 wbiter@sensortex.com
Business Contact
 Kelly Reuter
Title: Manager
Phone: (610) 444-2383
Email: kreuter@sensortex.com
Research Institution
 THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV.
 Jennifer Sample
 Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD, 20723
 (240) 228-0283
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This program will develop an appliqu"¦ based on a multi-layer film which will be conductive as well as possessing good optical properties (low ¦A, high ¦Å). The film will be designed to be highly resistant to the space environment. This white, conductive appliqu"¦ will be easily applied to most external areas of the spacecraft. The appliqu"¦ is expected to have multiple layers, each individually optimized. The outer layer will be a transparent conductor using embedded carbon nanotubes with the additional layers used for visual and LWIR control. In addition, the design also will provide contact points for electrical grounding between separately applied appliqu"¦s. This appliqu"¦ will be fabricated as two separate designs. The more universal appliqu"¦ will be a very thin film with a space-approved adhesive backing so it can be easily applied as a conformal layer to the spacecraft. A second system will be similar, but include an active control system based on the ESR. The ESR system has been shown to electrically switch the effective emissivity from .2 to .9. It is low power and lightweight and can be integrated into an appliqu"¦ approach.

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