Low Cost/Mass Electrostatically Clean Solar Array (ESCA) System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,251.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNG04CA01C
Award Id:
63596
Agency Tracking Number:
023245
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7201 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
040955429
Principal Investigator:
Mike Eskenazi
Principal Investigator
(805) 690-2434
meskenazi@aec-able.com
Business Contact:
Bill Gadsby
Business Official
(805) 690-2447
bgadsby@aec-able.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The ABLE ESCA designs use flight proven materials/processes to create an ideal ESCA system that yields low cost, low mass, high reliability, high power density, and is adaptable to any cell type, coverglass thickness, and panel contour. The successfully completed Phase 1 program has proven concept feasibility for two ABLE ESCA designs (baseline and optional technologies). These ESCA designs have been successfully demonstrated at a coupon level in a relevant environment and have achieved a TRL 3-4 classification. The next challenge for our team, and the primary technical objective of the proposed Phase 2 program, is to increase the baseline and optional ESCA technologies to a TRL 6 classification and accelerate their insertion into a flight program, such as the upcoming NASA GED and MMS missions (or other commercial missions). During the proposed Phase 2 program, high fidelity flight-like engineering model ESCA panels (of the baseline and alternative designs) will be engineered, produced, and tested. The ESCA designs will be demonstrated and validated within radiation (UV, e- & p+), plasma, LEO thermal life cycling, and GEO thermal life cycling environments, and will achieve a TRL 6 classification.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government