Flexible Transpiration Cooled Thermal Protection System for Inflatable Atmospheric Capture and Entry Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND06AA33C
Agency Tracking Number: 054039
Amount: $69,480.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: X7.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
505 5th Ave South, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98104-3894
DUNS: 092968127
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dana Andrews
 Principal Investigator
 (206) 438-0630
Business Contact
 Chris Hoeft
Title: Business Official
Phone: (206) 438-0602
Email: choeft@andrews-space.com
Research Institution
Andrews Space, Inc. proposes an innovative transpiration cooled aerobrake TPS design that is thermally protective, structurally flexible, and lightweight. This innovative design will also meet launch volume constraints and satisfy terminal aerobraking requirements. The approach will focus on transpiration cooling of a flexible material and will consider ablative and insulative technologies as key features of the TPS design. The application of aerobraking to reduce velocity for planetary capture and landing has long been assumed for use on Mars missions and has been suggested for Earth reentry. The major hurdle to inflatable aerobrakes becoming reality is the development of a lightweight and structurally flexible Thermal Protection System (TPS). By combining well understood insulative and ablative TPS with an innovative flexible transpiration cooled TPS, a realizable inflatable aerobrake system can be developed.

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