NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 H3.04-9629
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Advanced Spacecraft Thermal Modeling

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
933 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 500-326
Albuquerque, NM 87108 - 1862
(866) 411-3131

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Derek Hengeveld
933 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 500-326
Albuquerque, NM 87108 - 1862
(605) 690-1612

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Adam Biskner
933 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste 500-326
Albuquerque, NM 87108 - 1862
(866) 411-3131

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Thermal Control Systems is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
For spacecraft developers who spend millions to billions of dollars per unit and require 3 to 7 years to deploy, the LoadPath reduced-order (RO) modeling thermal design tool is an innovative software tool that will significantly reduce labor costs and effort associated with the design and analysis of spacecraft thermal control systems. Unlike traditional approaches that take weeks to months to develop and obtain results, our approach can provide results in seconds to minutes.

This proposed Phase I effort includes the development of a RO spacecraft thermal model utilizing a combination of a high-resolution thermal model, Latin Hypercube space-filling approaches, and Gaussian Process methods. Combined, these key components have the capability to provide a spacecraft thermal modeling software tool that provides thermal results, on average, within 3K of high-resolution models. In addition to its accuracy, the thermal software tool will be able to provide these results almost instantaneously. The ability to obtain results quickly is especially advantageous during design stages. In addition, it is especially useful for parametric studies. Parametric studies that could easily take days to complete, due to computational expense, can be completed within minutes utilizing the proposed software tool.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed design tool will enable the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate's (HEOMD) chartered responsibilities of 1) conducting technology development and demonstrations to reduce costs of future human space flight and 2) enabling U.S. commercial human spaceflight capabilities, by providing a tool that will reduce the cost and time required for design and analysis of spacecraft thermal control systems (TCS). The proposed technology will also benefit unmanned NASA missions requiring TCS design. The National Research Council (NRC) Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board identified top technical challenges and highest priority technologies across all 14 NASA space technology roadmaps. Based on the items identified in the study, thermal control systems are a key, enabling technology that contributes to the advancement of many of the top technical challenges and the highest priority technologies. The proposed reduced-order thermal design tool will be able to contribute to overcoming the obstacles of these technical challenges.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Similarly to NASA unmanned missions, this proposed design tool will be of interest to other Government spacecraft procuring agencies such as the Air Force, Navy, National Reconnaissance Office, and Operationally Responsive Space Office, as well as, prime contractor spacecraft developers such as ATK, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Raytheon. LoadPath will continually engage with potential Government and commercial end users during the Phase I and Phase II efforts to ensure their needs are considered during the design tool development.

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.)
Active Systems
Analytical Methods
Cryogenic/Fluid Systems
Heat Exchange
Isolation/Protection/Radiation Shielding (see also Mechanical Systems)
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Passive Systems
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Verification/Validation Tools

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