Self-Deploying Foam Antenna Structures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
51942
Agency Tracking Number:
NASASTTR-01-12
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Andrea E Hoyt
(505) 346-1688
Business Contact:
Dr. Ronald E Allred
President
(505) 346-1685
atiadmin@flash.net
Research Institution:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Michael J Sander
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA, 91109
(818) 354-6998
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
There is an increasing need for large, reliable, and cost-effective inflatable space antennas for communications applications. This Phase I program will focus on the design and development of open-celled foams as structural elements in self-deploying antenna systems. Foams offer the following significant advantages over conventional materials for these applications: open cellular structure allowing compaction of large structures into small volumes; high dynamic damping, strains due to mechanical movement of the structure (turning moments, etc.) will damp out very rapidly and the spacecraft will return to its required dimensions in a few seconds; restoring force, results in its self-deploying property and its utility as an antenna construction material; and glass transition-based rigidization. The goal of the Phase II follow-on program is the use of an open-celled foam rigidization system in conjunction with specialized high accuracy membrane materials to create a stable ¿eggshell¿ antenna in space. ~000070 ~

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