NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S4.03-8335
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Technology for Sample Return Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Additively Manufactured Monolithic Catalyst Bed for Green Propellants

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc.
289 Dunlop Blvd, Bldg 300
Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1126
(256) 562-2191

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Junia Melin
Junia.Melin@asrcfederal.com
289 Dunlop Blvd, Bldg 300
Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1126
(256) 562-2128

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Joseph Sims
Joseph.Sims@asrcfederal.com
289 Dunlop Blvd, Bldg 300
Huntsville, AL 35824 - 1126
(256) 562-2191

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Spacecraft Technology for Sample Return Missions is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This proposal aims to develop a low cost, high efficiency catalyst technology to address navigation and maneuver difficulties in NASA's return missions. Our approach takes advantage of two recent innovations in the space industry regarding green monopropellants and additive manufacturing (AM). In the proposed project, we are to design and fabricate a monolithic catalyst bed using selective laser melting (SLM) technology and begin to optimize its catalytic performance with new green monopropellants like AF-M315E and LMP-103S. The overwhelming advances that these two areas have seen in the last few years are making it possible to offer a novel solution to the problems that robotic exploration missions are currently facing. Our proposed solution will enhance thruster life, decrease the risk of catalyst bed failure, and lower the cost of green monopropellant subsystems used in small spacecraft.

Our proposed project has two main objectives. First, we will demonstrate the additive manufacture of a monolithic W-Re catalyst substrate that combines high flow area and high internal surface area, to insure high reactivity and low pressure drop. Then, we will begin to develop a thorough understanding of the HAN and ADN chemical behavior at a molecular level, in order to precisely tailor the Ir/Pt/Re catalyst material formulation for maximum catalytic reactivity.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA applications include future spacecraft, satellites, and space-borne instruments and telescopes. All have requirements for active attitude control, an area expected to begin the regular use of green monopropellants within the next decade.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The Department of Defense has all of the same kinds of uses as in the NASA applications, but our primary focus is in missile defense divert and attitude control systems (DACS).

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.)
Atmospheric Propulsion
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Propulsion
Fuels/Propellants
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Metallics
Spacecraft Main Engine

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