A CubeSat-Scale Testbed for Cryogenic Fluid Management Technologies

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CG40P
Agency Tracking Number: 105053
Amount: $94,480.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: O3.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
OH, Fremont, OH, 43420-7400
DUNS: 928298983
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Mark Haberbusch
 Principal Investigator
 (419) 499-9653
Business Contact
 Mark Haberbusch
Title: Business Official
Phone: (419) 499-9653
Email: mhaberbusch@sierralobo.com
Research Institution
NASA has identified in-space cryogenic fluid management (CFM) as a high priority for technology development because the construction of an in-space propellant infrastructure is anticipated to dramatically decrease costs across a broad spectrum of missions. This importance is reflected in the designation of CFM as a Flagship Technology Demonstration Mission (FTD-2) as well as a mission at the level of Crosscutting Technologies (CRYOTE). Sierra Lobo proposes to develop a CFM testbed at the scale of an Edison Demonstration Mission (CryoCube) that would serve as a platform for a series of flight tests of many major CFM technologies. The missions will be designed to be conducted as stand-alone satellites, without reliance on propellant transfer from an upper stage, in order to provide the greatest possible flexibility for launch vehicle selection. Follow-up missions using dedicated small satellite launch vehicles could take advantage of the technology demonstrated during this SBIR program, and could be performed as funding becomes available instead of depending on the allocation in a large block.

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