Foamed Antenna Support for Very Large Apertures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC67P
Award Id:
88112
Agency Tracking Number:
074870
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:
859106296
Principal Investigator:
Jan-Michael Gosau
Principal Investigator
(505) 346-1685
adherenttech@comcast.net
Business Contact:
Susan Switzer
Business Official
(505) 346-1685
adherenttech@comcast.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed Phase I program will demonstrate the feasibility of the in-space production of large aperture antenna structures. The use of a novel open cell foam, previously developed for NASA space antennas, will allow the deployment of reflectors at low cost and very low transport volume compared to currently used technologies like solid metal or mesh reflector. The use of a foam substrate also dampens thermal expansion distortions of the reflector shape, assuring high surface accuracy. The shape accuracy of the antenna will be ensured by using Rigidization on CommandTM technology to form a rigid mold from an inflatable. This approach allows to verify the correct antenna shape before the structure is stabilized using foam. The development effort will be supported by computer modeling of the necessary strength parameters for a very large antenna structure based on foam support.

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