Lightweight Rubbery Aerogel Composites for High Performance Protection

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,982.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNJ07JB38C
Agency Tracking Number:
060535
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
T5.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Bldg B, Northborough, MA, 01532-2501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
JeKyun Lee
Principal Investigator
() -
jekyun@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
Heather Crouse
Business Official
(508) 691-1161
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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