DEVELOPMENT OF A MICROGRAVITY FILM PROCESSOR

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5020
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
45 Manning Rd, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 David E. Willoughby
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CONVENTIONAL FILM PROCESSING TECHNIQUES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR USE IN LOW-GRAVITY ENVIRONMENTS, BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTIES ASSOCIATED WITH CONFINING FREE LIQUIDS WHILE PERMITTING THE INTRODUCTION AND TRANSPORT OF ROLL FILMS INTO AND THROUGH THESE LIQUIDS. IN THIS TECHNIQUE, VISCOUS PROCESSING SOLUTIONS ARE EXTRUDED IN THIN LAYERS ONTO THE FILMS EMULSION SURFACE AND RAPIDLY PROCESS THE FILM. ARCHIVAL QUALITY PROCESSING IS ACHIEVED. THIS PROCESS WILL FUNCTION WELL IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT AND WILL MAKE EFFICIENT USE OF SPACE AND POWER. IT ALSO IS A PROVEN TECHNOLOGY NOT REQUIRING MAJOR ADVANCES IN THE STATE OF THE PHOTO-PROCESSING ART.

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