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Flexible Transpiration Cooled Thermal Protection System for Inflatable…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77638
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054039
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ANDREWS SPACE, INC.
505 5th Ave S Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Flexible Transpiration Cooled Thermal Protection System for Inflatable Atmospheric Capture and Entry Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NND06AA33C
Award Amount: $69,480.00
 

Abstract:

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.

Principal Investigator:

Dana G. Andrews
Principal Investigator
2064380630
dandrews@andrews-space.com

Business Contact:

Chris Hoeft
Business Official
2064380602
choeft@andrews-space.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Andrews Space, Inc.
505 5th Avenue South, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104

EIN/Tax ID: 912103138
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No