Aeorgel Insulation for Integrated Cryotanks and TPS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNM04AA79C
Agency Tracking Number: 035859
Amount: $69,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: F3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
184 Cedar Hill St., Marlborough, MA, 01752-3017
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wendell Rhine
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 481-5058
Business Contact
 Kang Lee
Title: CTO
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Research Institution
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 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 of cryogenic insulation and high temperature Thermal Protection Systems. Aspen Aerogels? materials typically demonstrate 2-4x improvement in 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 investigate fiber reinforced aerogel composites for use as cryogenic and high temperature insulation for reusable launce vehicles. We will also investigate organic modified silica aerogels as an approach for improving their strength at cryogenic temperatures. A low-cost, environmentally benign manufacturing process will be used.

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