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

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