Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,899.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CF51P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104795
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.07
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
OR, Tillamook, OR, 97141-0909
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
015605850
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Lachenmeier
Principal Investigator
(503) 842-1990
tim.lachenmeier@nsc.aero
Business Contact:
Kristen Lachenmeier
Business Official
(503) 842-1990
kris.lachenmeier@nsc.aero
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
With the Titan Saturn System Mission, NASA is proposing to send a Montgolfiere balloon to probe the atmosphere of Titan. In order to better plan this mission and create a robust optimized balloon design, NASA requires the ability to more accurately evaluate the convective heat transfer characteristics of the balloon operating in Titan's atmosphere. Based on limitations and shortfalls of previous efforts, NASA has requested proposals for a test bed to support CFD validation. Near Space Corporation (NSC) proposes to develop an innovative Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed (TMTT) with an innovative integrated sensor and data collection system to provide the required validation. The balloon envelope design will leverage experience gained on past Titan prototypes, and incorporate a novel data acquisition system that will enable both direct and indirect measurements. A combination of embedded sensors and infrared imaging will be used to provide both local and global surface measurements. The embedded sensors will be used to calibrate the remote IR imaging, providing better visualizations with higher resolution and more accurate measurements. The ground work for the system will be provided with model experimentation in Phase I and followed by the development of a full-size test bed in Phase II.

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