Actively Cooled Ceramic Composite Nozzle Material

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM05AA02C
Agency Tracking Number: 034967
Amount: $592,336.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A4.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Thor Technologies, Inc.
2415 Princeton NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM, 87107-1731
DUNS: 099725108
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Schwab
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 830-6986
 stschwab@thortech.biz
Business Contact
 Stuart Schwab
Title: Business Official
Phone: (505) 830-6986
Email: stschwab@thortech.biz
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Phase I Project demonstrated the capability of the Pyrowave? manufacturing process to produce fiber-reinforced ceramics (FRCs) with integral metal features, such as attachment lugs or tubes. In addition, the Phase I Project demonstrated the utility of thermography as a simple, rapid, and inexpensive inspection tool. With the increased emphasis on the exploration of space, technologies supporting fission-powered spacecraft, such as those under development through Project Prometheus, will become increasingly important. For the Phase II Project, Thor Technologies, Inc. will team with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a computational design firm, a small NDE firm, and a major spacecraft OEM to design, manufacture, and deliver a prototype lightweight, high performance thermal radiator component for fission powered spacecraft, such as the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter. The project team has the experience and capability to execute the proposed development plan within the Phase II budget and schedule. The proposed technology will simplify the design and facilitate the utilization of fission-powered, which are essential to the exploration celestial bodies more distant from the Sun than Mars.

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