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Deployable Solar Energy Generators for Deep Space Cubesats

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX14CA58P
Agency Tracking Number: 145346
Amount: $124,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z20.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-06-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-19
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf Street, Suite 400
Austin, TX 78741-7509
United States
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Savoy
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 389-9990
 ssavoy@nanohmics.com
Business Contact
 Michael Mayo
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Email: mmayo@nanohmics.com
Research Institution
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Abstract

Cubesats require highly compact technologies to maximize their effectiveness. As cubesats are expected to be low-cost and, relative to the space industry, mass produced, their technologies should be simple to manufacture, yet achieve aerospace quality standards. This proposal aims to describe a novel high-efficiency (i.e., comparable to solar panels) fabricated power supply for cubesats and other small satellites that has marked advantages over solar photovoltaic cells.
Nanohmics Inc. proposes to develop and test a compact, high efficiency solar thermoelectric generator. The technology is amenable to mass manufacturing and is based on recent development successes at Nanohmics: thermoelectrics development and coatings to maximize emissivity. On a space vehicle, the energy generator would be deployable in a number of ways including a folding fan-like unpacking or other compact designs.

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