Industrial Scale Production of Celestial Body Simulants

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$587,170.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CC13C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
095852
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CO, Boulder, CO, 80301-1229
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
079891292
Principal Investigator:
Michael Weinstein
Principal Investigator
(303) 530-2727
mike@zybekap.com
Business Contact:
Michael Weinstein
Project Manager
(303) 530-2727
mike@zybekap.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The technical objectives of this program are to develop a cost-effective process to deliver Celestial body simulants for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the technical objectives of this project are:?Deliver 3 metric tons of a lunar Mare simulant. A portion of the simulant will be bulk, excavation-grade that is compatible to the now depleted JSC-1a. Another portion of the simulant will be a technical grade simulant that has the proper amounts of glass and agglutinates included. Finally, a titanium-rich Mare will be produced. The correct concentrations of titanium are critical for mechanical and chemical process development and testing.?After the 3 metric tons of Mare simulant; be able to produce bulk simulant at $10,000 per ton. This will be 30% better than the NASA cost target specified in the original solicitation.?ZAP will deliver 1 metric ton of research grade Highlands type lunar simulant.?ZAP will deliver a documented process for producing low-cost, bulk mare simulants. After phase 2 project, estimated cost is: $5,000 per ton.?ZAP will test and demonstrate the applicability of the manufacturing process to produce other Celestial body materials. Examples include: Asteroid, Mars, probe reference samples, and dark glass.

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