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Rigidized Torus for an Inflatable Solar Concentrator Flight Experiment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F04611-01-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: 99PRK-059
Amount: $299,572.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
500 Discovery Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
United States
DUNS: 066183039
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Pearson
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 971-7027
Business Contact
 Harold Pastrick
Title: General Manager & VP
Phone: (256) 971-7010
Research Institution

The Air Force has a requirement for space based torus supported concentrators for space propulsion, power, and communications. A torus combining the packaging of an inflatable with the long term benefits of rigidization could enable the use of lightweightmembrane structures for DoD, NASA, and commercial missions. This design is survivable in ultraviolet, atomic oxygen, and space debris environments without off-gassing concerns. In Phase I, we demonstrated the feasibility of a regidized torus that willeliminate the torus make-up gas requirement thus enabling several proposed missions that require membrane concentrators. The Phase II will develop a

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