NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 X5.01-9230
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lunar Surface Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Lunar Surface Solar Electric Power System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Deployable Space Systems (DSS)
955 Nysted Drive
Solvang, CA 93463 - 2247
(805) 693-1313

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brian Spence
Brian.Spence@DeployableSpaceSystems.com
955 Nysted Drive
Solvang, CA 93463 - 2247
(805) 693-1313

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose a concentrated photovoltaic electric power system for lunar operations called C-Lite Lunar. The novel technology produces a near-term solar array system that provides substantially improved performance in terms of high specific power (>600 W/kg BOL, 10X lighter than rigid arrays), lightweight, high deployed stiffness (5X stiffer than rigid arrays), high deployed strength, compact stowage volume (>1,000 kW/m3 BOL, 30X more compact stowage than rigid arrays), affordability, and rapid commercial readiness. The proposed effort will provide a disruptively positive performance impact to the end-user, and allow for the rapid insertion of this mission-enabling technology for future applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
C-Lite Lunar Power System is primarily focused on the needs of lunar base missions. Future Mars base missions will also benefit from experience gained on the moon.

The broader technology developed for the C-Lite Lunar Power System is widely applicable to most future NASA missions as a direct replacement for existing photovoltaic systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
C-Lite Lunar Power technology is also widely applicable to all non-NASA missions, including DoD and commercial missions, as a direct replacement for current state-of-the-art. The total solar array system market is estimated at $500M to $750M annually. C-Lite Lunar Power technology has the potential to ultimately replace many existing solar arrays. The compelling performance benefits of the proposed technology such as: Ultra-lightweight (10X lighter than rigid arrays), high deployed stiffness (5X stiffer than rigid arrays), high deployed strength, compact stowage volume (30X more compact stowage than rigid arrays), affordability, and rapid commercial readiness, will be mission-enabling for many applications. Applicable missions include: LEO DoD surveillance, reconnaissance, communications and other critical payload/equipment satellites, LEO commercial mapping and critical payload/equipment satellites, MEO DoD satellites, GEO commercial communications and critical payload/equipment satellites, and GEO DoD communications and payload/equipment satellites.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Composites
Erectable
Photovoltaic Conversion
Renewable Energy
Ultra-High Density/Low Power


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