Integrated Sublimator Driven Coldplate for use in Active Thermal Control System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE44P
Agency Tracking Number:
094333
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 E. Michigan Street, Tucson, AZ, 85714-2221
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
837002294
Principal Investigator:
Tom Leimkuehler
Principal Investigator
(281) 862-7797
tleimkuehler@paragonsdc.com
Business Contact:
Carole Hammond
Business Official
(520) 382-4814
chammond@paragonsdc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The original Sublimator Driven Coldplate (SDC) design sought to provide significant mass savings over a traditional pumped fluid loop by combining the functions of a cold plate and a sublimator and eliminating the fluid loop (Leimkuehler, et. al., "Design of a Sublimator Driven Coldlpate Development Unit," 2008-01-2169). The target application was to provide heat rejection for the ascent module of the Altair lunar lander vehicle during the lunar ascent mission phase. However, in order to provide heat rejection for the ascent module during the rest of the mission, it is desirable to keep the ascent module integrated with the fluid loop in the rest of the Altair vehicle. Therefore, we propose an Integrated Sublimator Driven Coldplate (ISDC) that can function as both a standard flow-through cold plate and a Sublimator Driven Coldplate. The ISDC builds on the original SDC concept by adding coolant layers so that it can be integrated with the pumped fluid loop on the rest of the vehicle. This approach provides mass savings by (1) combining multiple pieces of hardware into a single piece of hardware and (2) providing additional fault tolerance without the need for redundant hardware.

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