NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S3.06-8286
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons
PROPOSAL TITLE: Titan Buoyant Atmospheric Glider

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Global Aerospace Corporation
12981 Ramona Boulevard, Suite E
Irwindale, CA 91706 - 3750
(626) 960-8300

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Benjamin Douglas Goldman
12981 Ramona Blvd., Suite E
Irwindale, CA 91706 - 3750
(626) 960-8300 Extension :114

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kerry Thomas Nock
12981 Ramona Blvd., Suite E
Irwindale, CA 91706 - 3750
(626) 960-8300 Extension :103

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons 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)
Your mission is to explore the atmosphere and surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, a cold, harsh environment that poses many technical challenges for any potential exploration platform. Imagine an inflatable, flying wing-glider that could enter Titan?s atmosphere from orbit, execute controlled movements in atmospheric flight, and descend to the surface for scientific measurement or payload delivery. The Titan-Buoyant Atmospheric Glider (T-BAG) system is a hybrid entry vehicle, balloon, and maneuverable glider with 3-D directional control that could satisfy all of these objectives while operating on the minimal power available from a Radioisotope Power Source (RPS). T-BAG's unique buoyancy control system is at the heart of the proposed innovation, enabling both ascending and descending glide without propulsion systems or control surfaces. Potential T-BAG mission applications include long-lived flight at low altitudes with revisit capability, high resolution surface imaging, in-situ measurements of precipitation, fog, volcanism, etc., and controlled, targeted delivery of landers to the surface.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
As discussed in the subtopic, NASA is interested in Titan aerial vehicles with maneuvering capabilities and operational flexibility over a wide range of altitudes. T-BAG could support many Titan missions including prebiotic exploration and astrobiology and habitability studies. While the proposed effort is focused on developing and tailoring a vehicle for the Titan environment, the Buoyant Atmospheric Glider (BAG) system concept in general would be applicable on any solar system body with a prominent atmosphere. BAG's capability for controlled, targeted delivery of cargo (e.g., rovers, landers, supplies) could make it well suited for Mars exploration missions and habitat support. The BAG concept also has many Earth-based applications that are of interest to NASA. It could conduct high-altitude atmospheric science and low-g sample or payload return from ISS. In addition, it could act a space station escape or emergency crew return vehicle.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Buoyant Atmospheric Glider technology may have applications in the Department of Defense (DOD). Organizations such as DARPA, Air Force, Marine Corps., and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) have expressed interest in inflatable air vehicle technology and hypersonic entry systems. The Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion or SUSTAIN concept was proposed by the Marines in 2002 as a technology to deploy special operations forces (SOF) anywhere in the world within hours. DARPA launched project HOT EAGLE to evaluate suborbital spacecraft for the SUSTAIN program. BAG technology could enable atmospheric re-entry and targeted delivery of SOF personnel using a compact, deployable platform. The same approach could be used for reconnaissance vehicles and payload delivery to remote locations around the world.

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.)
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Attitude Determination & Control
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Heat Exchange
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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