Lightweight IMM Multi-Junction Photovoltaic Flexible Blanket Assembly

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$599,958.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX11CA61C
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
095137
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.03
Small Business Information
Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
CA, Goleta, CA, 93117-3108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
825308732
Principal Investigator
 Brian Spence
 Principal Investigator
 (805) 805-1313
 Brian.Spence@DeployableSpaceSystems.com
Business Contact
 Brian Spence
Title: Business Official
Phone: (805) 805-1313
Email: Brian.Spence@DeployableSpaceSystems.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
DSS's recently completed successful NASA SBIR Phase 1 program has established a TRL 3/4 classification for an innovative IMM PV Integrated Modular Blanket Assembly (IMBA) that can be rolled or z-folded and enables NASA's emerging high voltage solar electric propulsion (SEP) missions. Significant concept feasibility, design/analysis, trade study/evaluation, and proof-of-concept hardware build/test efforts executed during the NASA SBIR Phase 1 program have validated DSS's IMM PV IMBA technology as a potentially revolutionary flexible photovoltaic blanket assembly that provides high performance in terms of; high voltage operability, high specific power / lightweight (>1000 W/kg BOL at the blanket subsystem level, and>500 W/kg BOL at the array level), compact stowage volume (>50 kW/m3 BOL), rollable or z-foldable for stowage, reliability, modularity & rapid production, flexibility/durability and robustness, affordability, and adaptability to all existing industry flexible blanket solar array products. DSS's IMBA technology also accommodates standard ZTJ PV device technologies to provide significantly improved performance over current state-of-the-art.

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