Next Generation Extremely Large Solar Array System for NASA Exploration Missions

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,995.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CL30P
Agency Tracking Number:
125221
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H5.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
CA, Goleta, CA, 93117-3108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
825308732
Principal Investigator:
Brian Spence
Principal Investigator
(805) 722-8090
Brian.Spence@DeployableSpaceSystems.com
Business Contact:
Brian Spence
Business Official
(805) 722-8090
Brian.Spence@DeployableSpaceSystems.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed technology is a revolutionary solar array advancement that relies on a structurally optimized platform to provide unparalleled specific-performance and affordability for extremely large area solar arrays. The proposed technology is comprised of a central beam tensioned membrane architecture that leverages key heritage technology elements to provide low-risk and high end-user acceptance. The proposed technology will enable emerging Solar Electric Propulsion Space Science and Exploration missions through ultra-affordability, ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact stowage volume, design simplicity, robustness and high damage tolerance, broad scalability, high strength/stiffness, high voltage and high/low temperature operation capability within many environments. Once completely optimized through the proposed SBIR program the proposed technology promises to provide NASA/industry a near-term and low-risk solar array system that provides revolutionary performance in terms of high specific power (>300 up to 500 W/kg BOL at the wing level, PV-blanket dependent), affordability (up to 40% cost savings at the array level, PV-blanket dependent), ultra-lightweight, high deployed stiffness (10X better than current arrays), high deployed strength (10X better than current arrays), compact stowage volume (>70-80 kW/m3 BOL, 10X times better than current arrays), high reliability, high radiation tolerance, high voltage operation capability (>200 VDC), scalability (500W to 100's of kW), and LILT/HIHT operation.

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