ElastiGlass Barrier Film and Food Processing Techniques for the 3-to-5 Year Shelf-Stable Food Package

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$589,870.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ07JA14C
Award Id:
77588
Agency Tracking Number:
053379
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
James Belcher
Principal Investigator
(781) 890-1338
jbelcher@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contracts Manager
(781) 890-1338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) foresee extension of exploratory space missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus and beyond. To reach these outer locations will require development of a range of advanced technologies including life support systems. Food represents one of the most crucial components of life support, as the ability to supply safe, nutritious and organoleptically pleasing meals to space flight personnel for the duration of their mission will be of paramount importance in maintaining crew functionality and morale. In this Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Infoscitex Corporation will further develop an advanced barrier film, ElastiGlass, which will enable 3-to-5 year shelf life. This technology will also provide the added benefit of reducing the logistic burdens associated with waste handling, and minimizing package weight and storage space requirements. During this proposed program Infoscitex will modify the Phase I proof of feasibility barrier coating formulations to achieve the best combination of minimal oxygen and water vapor permeation, and maximized elongation properties to obtain the best of product durability. Prototype barrier films and subsequent food storage pouches will be fabricated, filled with thermostabilizable foods and tested for shelf life capabilities.

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