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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$304,488.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NND07AA06C
Agency Tracking Number:
054039
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
X7.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Andrews Space, Inc.
505 5th Avenue South, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98104-3894
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
092968127
Principal Investigator:
Dana Andrews
Principal Investigator
(206) 438-0630
dandrews@andrews-space.com
Business Contact:
Marian Joh
Chief Executive Officer
(206) 438-0600
mjoh@andrews-space.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Andrews Space, Inc. proposes an innovative transpiration cooled aerobrake TPS design that is thermally protective, structurally flexible, and lightweight. This innovative design will meet launch volume constraints and satisfy terminal aerobraking requirements. The approach will focus on transpiration cooling of a flexible material and employs preceramic polymers and active filler technologies as key features of the TPS design. The major hurdle to inflatable aerobrakes becoming reality is the development of a lightweight and structurally flexible TPS. Alternative designs have focused on complex multilayering to increase the effective emissivity of the material, whereas Andrews Space will focus on reducing the thickness, thus decreasing the overall system mass. By combining well understood materials with an innovative, flexible, transpiration cooled TPS, a realizable inflatable aerobrake system has been developed which shows up to 56% mass savings over traditional, rigid aeroshells and 23% over other leading designs.

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