NASA SBIR 01-II Solicitation

FORM 9B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: S1.05-9053 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 012946 )
PHASE-I CONTRACT: NAS5-01203
PROPOSAL TITLE: Antistatic Thermal Control Coatings

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Electrostatic discharge control is vital for the health of any spacecraft. Exposure to charged particles in a space enviroment can lead to large charge differences across the craft, that, if no mechanism for controlled discharge is present, can destroy mission critical equipment. The preferred way of ESD control is to use conducting thermal control coatings. These coatings combine the ability to regulate the thermal balance of a spacecraft with charge mitigation along the whole surface. Adherent Technologies Inc. has developed a new series of conductive binders with excellent thermal control properties. NASA?s JPL has confirmed a solar absorbance of only 0.175, which is 20% better then currently deployed conductive coatings. The material is easy to apply and is, by it?s chemical nature, much more resistant to the space environment then other organic materials. The Phase II program will further improve on the application properties, expose the coatings to a simulated space environment for an extended period of time, and provide sufficient material for full scale testing.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
Adherent Technologies? new anti-static polymer system with high emissivity at ambient spacecraft surface temperature, atomic oxygen resistance, and resistance to surface charging by ion and electron impact is ideal for aerospace applications. One of the primary commercial markets for anti-static and thermal control coatings is in satellite manufacturing. In the commercial sector, the markets for space systems are extremely large, particularly for communications antennas and radars. In addition, the military satellite market is expected to experience a steady growth through the next ten-year period and is expected to deploy a consistent number of satellites despite budget cuts. In addition, these copolymers may also find a small niche commercial market for specialty products such as electrically conductive ?O? rings and seals. They may also be an attractive replacement for metal-filled elastomers in many shielding applications.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Dr. Jan-Michael Gosau
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino del Sol NE
Albuquerque , NM   87111 - 1522

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino del Sol NE
Albuquerque , NM   87111 - 1522


Form Printed on 05-09-02 16:37