NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 X9.01-8100
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Ablative Thermal Protection Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Recovery of In-Space Cubesat Experiments (RICE)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
465 S Mathilda Ave., Suite 103
Sunnyvale, CA 94086 - 7606
(408) 732-3028

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dinesh K Prabhu
465 S Mathilda Ave., Suite 103
Sunnyvale, CA 94086 - 7606
(408) 732-3028

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
ELORET Corporation, in collaboration with the Space Systems Design Laboratory of Georgia Institute of Technology, proposes developing and demonstrating a capability/technology to de-orbit small payloads (approximately 1 kg) from Low-Earth Orbit and returning them to Earth safely. To achieve this goal, the current proposal has five objectives and associated tasks:
1. Surveying the Bio-science communities to define requirements for the first generation mission architecture.
2. Understanding the launch interface requirements such as mass, volume, vibro-acoustic loads, electromagnetic interference (EMI), etc.
3. Designing and developing the first generation of mission architectures including the key aspects of launch, in-space operation, entry trajectory analysis (EDL sequence), and landing/recovery.
4. Understanding and quantifying small spacecraft requirements for power, thermal control, communications, propulsion, etc., and developing the preliminary design of the spacecraft system using off the shelf technologies whenever possible.
5. Designing and developing a passive (i.e., without any chemical or aerodynamic deceleration devices), single-stage ballistic entry system (including the aeroshell).
6. Designing and developing the impact energy absorption system and thermal control system required for payload thermal management and survivability upon landing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are three potential NASA applications:
1. Launch and recovery of small payloads (science experiments performed in microgravity environments in Low Earth Orbits)
2. Instrumented flight test bed for novel Thermal Protection System materials/concepts
3. Materials research in space environments

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential non-NASA applications is:
1. Low-cost, customizable, launch-to-recovery flight platforms for Life-/Bio-science experiments

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.

Launch and Flight Vehicle
Mission Training
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Simulation Modeling Environment
Testing Requirements and Architectures

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