Multi-Layered Integrated Airframe System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,927.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CC54P
Agency Tracking Number:
095173
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X9.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Fiber Materials, Inc.
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005-4497
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
048268890
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Dwyer
Principal Investigator
(207) 282-5911
bdwyer@fibermaterialsinc.com
Business Contact:
David Audie
Business Official
(207) 282-5911
govt@fibermaterialsinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA has a need to develop higher performance ablative thermal protection systems (TPS) than is currently available for future exploration of our solar system's inner and outer planets. Potential missions for these new and/or improved TPS materials include Mars Entry, Descent & Landing, and Mars Sample Return, but the general desire is that these new technologies be capable of cross-cutting mission applications. In addition to improved TPS performance, NASA also has a need for TPS integrated with the sub-structure that will improve thermal efficiency, insulation performance, system thermal-structural performance, and system integrity with the goal of achieving increased system reliability, reduced areal mass, and/or decreased costs over the current state-of-the-art (SOTA). This program will address NASA's need to: 1) Develop higher performing TPS materials to meet the demands of severe mission trajectories such as Mars Sample Return; and 2) Integrate TPS materials with the sub-structure to improve overall robustness and decrease mass. This program's goal is to extend Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA, TRL=9) and Integrated Composite Structure (ICS, TRL=5) TPS materials to a broader range of flight heat fluxes and performance to address future missions and heatshield designs. The current TRL for the multi-layered TPS system is 3, with an envisioned TRL of 6 at the completion of a successful Phase II program.

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