Aeorgel Insulation for Integrated Cryotanks and TPS

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$599,949.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNM05AA10C
Solitcitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
035859
Solicitation Topic Code:
F3.01
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, MA, 01752-3017
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator
 Wendell Rhine
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 481-5052
 wrhine@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Patrick Piper
Title: CFO
Phone: (508) 691-1150
Email: contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NASA seeks new and innovative technologies for materials, processes, and manufacturing that will provide safe, reliable, lightweight, and less expensive launch vehicle and spacecraft components. The proposed project SBIR Phase II project will develop aerogel insulation materials for composite cryotanks and TPS. Introduction of aerogel materials to reusable launch vehicles will result in significant reductions in the weight and volume of cryogenic insulation and high temperature Thermal Protection Systems. Aspen Aerogels' materials typically demonstrate 2-4x improvement in thermal conductivity over traditional insulation materials. When specifically engineered to work with current integrated insulation systems, a marked reduction in thickness and overall weight will be realized. Therefore, with team partner Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aspen Aerogels proposes to develop durable and lightweight aerogel insulation for current spacecraft such as the shuttle and future reusable launch vehicles. During the proposed effort we will develop and characterize fiber reinforced aerogel composites for use as cryogenic and high temperature insulation for reusable launce vehicles. We will also optimize the organic modified silica aerogels developed during the Phase I effort as an approach for improving their strength at cryogenic temperatures. A low-cost, environmentally benign manufacturing process will be used.

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