Flexible Screen Propellant Management Device for Near Term In-Space Demonstration

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,875.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CH23P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104840
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
O3.07
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CA, Murrieta, CA, 92562-7060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
877211243
Principal Investigator:
Mark Wollen
Principal Investigator
(619) 593-7750
mwollen@iesnet.com
Business Contact:
David Kerner
Business Official
(951) 304-7600
dckerner@iesnet.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
While evaluating lunar ascent and descent stage propellant acquisition options in 2008 and 2009 for NASA GRC, IES conceived a novel, flexible screen propellant management device (PMD). The concept provides a highly simplified and easy to build PMD as an alternative to a total communication device or one incorporating a start basket. Water bench tests with a very primitive prototype yielded encouraging results, and additional, simple bench-level testing with LN2 was also encouraging. An opportunity exists to refine the concept, develop a larger, more flight-like apparatus, and test it in a cryogenic tank currently being designed and subsequently intended for use on the Cryogenic Orbital Testbed (CRYOTE) experiment. Designing a full size flight qualifiable flexible screen PMD under a Phase 1 SBIR effort, followed by hardware fabrication, qualification and flight demonstration on a flight test platform concurrently in development, will allow this concept to be demonstrated for a fraction of the cost that would be required for a dedicated flight of a flexible PMD experiment. The concept TRL should move from 3 to 5 during Phase 1, and 5 to 7 during Phase 2.

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