Lightweight Rubbery Aerogel Composites for High Performance Protection

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ07JB38C
Agency Tracking Number: 060535
Amount: $99,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: T5.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Bldg B, Northborough, MA, 01532-2501
Duns: 012924069
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JeKyun Lee
 Principal Investigator
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 jekyun@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Heather Crouse
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 691-1161
Email: hcrouse@aerogel.com
Research Institution
 Man Vehicle Lab
 Not Available
 Room 33-307, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
 (617) 258-8799
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Aspen Aerogels Inc. (AAI) and the Man Vehicle Laboratory (MVL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose to develop nanostructured, lightweight, rubbery aerogel composites for multifunctional insulation materials which will significantly improve advanced extravehicular activity (EVA) systems and habitats. The proposed rubbery aerogel composite materials will exhibit excellent flexibility, toughness and durability, versatility, and hardness, along with the low density and superior thermal insulation properties associated with the nanopored structure of aerogels. The flexible rubbery behavior of the proposed materials will overcome the weak, brittle, and dusty nature of conventional inorganic and organic aerogels. The proposed high-performance, lightweight, rubbery aerogel composites will provide superior thermal insulation and inherent radiation protection suitable for NASA advanced extravehicular activity (EVA) suits and exploration habitat protection. Insulating aerogel composites are also applicable to NASA's space hardware and vehicles as well as many other aerospace, military, and commercial insulation applications.

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