Compact Vacuum Pump for Titan Lander Missions

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,904.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CF13P
Award Id:
95570
Agency Tracking Number:
094541
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Creare, Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Paul Sorensen
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
phs@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and commercial industry have a pressing need for miniaturized, rugged, low mass, power efficient, high vacuum systems that can achieve vacuum pressures as low as 10E-8 torr while exhausting to greater than 1 atm. Advances in sensor technology at NASA and other government laboratories, in academia, and in industry, have led to the development of very small mass spectrometer detectors. However, the vacuum systems to support these sensors remain large, heavy, and power hungry. To meet this need, Creare proposes to build a compact vacuum pump based on the innovative combination of a turbomolecular pump to achieve hard vacuum pressures; a molecular drag pump to compress the gas through the transition regime of the gas; and a regenerative pump that compresses the gas further to exhaust to pressure greater than 1 atm. The pump represents an order-of-magnitude reduction in mass, volume, and power over current, commercially available, state-of-the-art vacuum systems that provide pumping over the same pressure range. Our unique vacuum pump design is based on technologies previously demonstrated at Creare that are combined in an innovative way to achieve the goal of providing vacuum pressures as low as 10E-8 torr while exhausting to greater than 1 atm in a small, low mass, power efficient package.

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