An Outrigger Component for a Deployable Occulter System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CP27P
Agency Tracking Number: 125010
Amount: $124,874.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CO, Louisville, CO, 80027-3000
DUNS: 968249636
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Francis
 Principal Engineer
 (303) 587-7467
Business Contact
 Douglas Campbell
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (720) 300-8167
Research Institution
Roccor, LLC, propose the development of a highly novel and structurally efficient outrigger strut design feature that efficiently integrates with a large deployable starshade or, occulter, currently under development by NASA-JPL. The starshade acts as an external occulter to suppress the incoming starlight sufficiently for detecting and characterizing exoplanets. Key to the performance of the occulter is achieving sufficiently high out-of-plane stiffness to withstand maneuvering loads as well as meet the shape-tolerance requirement. Roccor's proposed effort utilizes a highly novel deployable outrigger system that seamlessly integrates into the current deployable occulter design. Further, Roccor's approach leverages our considerable background in elastically stowed and deployed composite structures.

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