NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S3.03-7534
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage
PROPOSAL TITLE: Development of Diamond Vacuum Differential Amplifier for Harsh Environment Power Electronics

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scientic, Inc.
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0858

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Steven Neal Renfrow
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0865

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Gary Grant
6700 Odyssey Drive, Suite 105
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3304
(256) 319-0858

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Power Electronics and Management, and Energy Storage 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)
Scientic, Inc., in collaboration with Vanderbilt University, proposes to develop a novel vacuum field emission differential amplifier (VFEDA) using low electron affinity nanodiamond (ND) material as electron emitters for high-power electronic application in harsh environments. The ND VFEDA is a fundamental circuit building block for vacuum integrated circuits (VICs) ideally suited for space applications. The proposed high-power nanodiamond-based VFEDA will be capable of operating over a wide-temperature range (-125 C to 450 C), possess tolerance to extreme doses of ionizing radiation and deliver the long-term reliability and stability needed to successfully execute environmentally stressful space science missions. Successfully developed, the proposed innovation will enhance NASA?s ability to reliably power spacecraft subjected to the harsh rigors of space, as-well-as autonomous systems engaged in the surface exploration of icy moons or operating in the high-temperature/high radiation environments of other solar bodies. It also has the potential to provide power components for nanosats and cubesats, thus improving the performance of systems engaged in near-Earth space science missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The anticipated exceptional radiation hardness, temperature intensity, and performance parameters of the proposed diamond-based vacuum differential amplifier devices make them well suited to all space-based applications. Scientic market research has found a need for high power amplifiers in NASA satellite operations. High speed, low impedance power amplifier use in communication link RF infrastructure has the potential to increase efficiency and lower power requirements for future space systems. Scientic market research has found a need for low to no impedance high power switching requirements in NASA deep space nuclear propulsion programs. Current silicon based devices are not well suited for these functions in harsh space environments. Scientic believes power amplifiers and power switches built with VFEDA would push the ability to design these systems to a higher voltage requiring less cooling due the extreme temperature and radiation tolerance demonstrated by VFEDA nanotechnology.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Similarly to NASA, DOD requires similar performance improvements in future space and missile systems. Scientic has strong ties to Air Force Research Laboratory efforts to improve microelectronic response in these harsh space environments in which products developed and manufactured using VFEDA would have immediate impact on near term and future missions.

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Spacecraft Main Engine

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