NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.07-9239
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Control Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Flexible 2-Phase Thermal Strap for Small Sats

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
i2C Solutions
500 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(720) 289-7381

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mike Hulse
500 S Arthur Ave
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(720) 289-7381

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Doug Campbell
500 S Arthur Ave
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(720) 300-8167

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

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)
A rapidly growing class of spacecraft are CubeSats and SmallSats. Current NASA missions indicate an equally rapid growth of technological capabilities to support these small spacecraft. However, large deployable solar arrays and closely packed electronic suites are giving rise to an increasing demand for thermal management technologies in CubeSats and SmallSats. NASA is currently seeking more sophisticated thermal control technologies for this class of spacecraft, thus enabling revolutionary capabilities within small satellites.

In response to the need for advanced heat transfer components for improved thermal management onboard CubeSats and SmallSats, i2C Solutions proposes to develop space-rated flexible 2-phase thermal straps with vacuum survivability and operational capability. The current effort will build upon current and previous Department of Defense-funded developments of 2-phase thermal management components with thermal conductivities in excess of 1500 W/m-K and thicknesses of less than 1-mm. Additionally, a world-class CubeSat team including LoadPath, leaders in the thermal analysis of SmallSats, has been assembled to assist in application development and demonstration. The Phase I program will culminate with a proof-of-concept demonstration of a 2-phase thermal strap designed and manufactured for operation in the harsh space environment. The successful development of the proposed space-rated thermal strap will open the door to a new class of future CubeSat and SmallSat missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The current primary NASA target application for the proposed space-rated flexible 2-phase thermal strap technology is future CubeSat and SmallSat spacecraft. In particular, the proposed thermal strap will enable efficient heat transfer by dissipating a wide range of heat loads in widely varying environments. Further, the thin, flexible construction of the thermal strap will use less of the limited spacecraft mass and volume.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Beyond NASA applications, the proposed thermal strap technology could see use in other military and commercial applications where thermal management is also a considerable need. Terrestrial-based applications include military and commercial aviation, military and consumer electronics (e.g., computers, cell phones, etc.) among several others.

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.)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Joining (Adhesion, Welding)
Navigation & Guidance
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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