Large Coilable Shape Memory Composite Truss

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA2109
Amount: $69,892.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7200 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA, 93117
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Spence
 Program Manager
 (805) 690-2433
Business Contact
 Alex Roberts
Title: General Manager
Phone: (805) 690-2401
Research Institution
AEC-Able Engineering Co., Inc. (ABLE) has invented a method for inclusion of elastic shape memory composite (EMC) elements in a high-performance ultra-light deployable coilable truss (CT) with ultra-low stowed volume. The performance of the heritage ¿CoilABLE¿ mast system can be increased 100x in bending stiffness and 10,000x in strength, for an equal mass per unit length. The proposed program will demonstrate the feasibility of the key element of this new structure - a collapsible EMC tube that can be coiled - while advancing preliminary design detail of the new EMC-CT system in preparation for a spaceflight application.

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