NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:04-II X2.04-9897
PHASE-I CONTRACT NUMBER: NNJ05JB91C
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Cryogenic Propellant Depots
PROPOSAL TITLE:In-Space Cryogenic VOST Connect/Disconnect

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Big Horn Valve Inc
248 W Works Street
Sheridan ,WY 82801 - 4213
(307) 672 - 5443

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Zachary   Gray
zg@WyomingSilicon.com
248 W Works Street
Sheridan, WY  82801 -4213
(307) 672 - 5443

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Two novel cryogenic couplings will be designed, fabricated and tested. Intended for in-space use at cryogenic propellant depots, the couplings are based on patented Venturi-Offset Technology (VOST) and will provide small fluid and heat leakage at high flows with a low pressure drop. Entirely mechanical, insertion opens the passage, removal closes the passage. Mating force and alignment requirements are small. With only eight major parts, reliability is high and mass is low. Redundant seals, integrated health measurements, and robotic control are possible.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In-space cryogenic connect/disconnect. Safety disconnects. Earth-based gantry quick-disconnects.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In-flight refueling of military aircraft. High-volume gas delivery systems such as LNG.


Form Printed on 08-01-05 13:52