NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S4.01-8691
SUBTOPIC TITLE: De-orbit Devices/Technologies for Small Spacecraft
PROPOSAL TITLE: Roll-Out De-Orbiting Device

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 3359
(303) 664-0394

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Taylor
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 3359
(303) 664-0394 Extension :153

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA intends to place small spacecraft (<100kg) and very small spacecraft (<15kg) into a variety of orbits. Methods and technologies are needed to intentionally de-orbit these spacecraft at end of mission, or upon loss of control and function. CTD has developed a family of highly mass efficient Roll-Out De-Orbiting devices (RODEO). RODEO provides a dramatic increase in the deployed surface area, resulting in higher aerodynamic drag and significantly reduced time until satellite re-entry. RODEO's composite booms self-deploy with no external spacecraft power, and the inherent simplicity of RODEO results in extremely low costs, low mass, and low power.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Successful achievement of the objectives defined for this program can provide a significant capability to NASA and NASA contractors to aid in the development of many future NASA small satellite missions. At present, many of these missions are limited with regards to the orbits / altitudes to which they can launch without risk of surpassing the required re-entry timeline. The ability to have passively deployed rolled de-orbit device like the proposed RODEO system is extremely advantageous. The highly predictable rolled composite booms proposed will not only enable the RODEO low cost de-orbit device, but they could eventually lead to additional NASA advanced boom applications (such as magnetometers).

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
CTD has begun to identify several terrestrial applications where this technology can be leveraged. For instance, CTD is actively pursuing multiple commercial, and military applications (both terrestrial and non-terrestrial) for rollable composite tubes and structures. These include the development of rollable bridge structures and portable solar arrays.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Actuators & Motors
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Attitude Determination & Control
Command & Control
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Photon Sails (Solar; Laser)
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Recovery (see also Autonomous Systems)
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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