NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 H8.01-8465
SUBTOPIC TITLE: ISS Utilization and Microgravity Research
PROPOSAL TITLE: Evaluation of Multifunctional Radiation Shielding Material Against Long Duration Space Environment - Utilization of MISSE-FF

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Geoplasma, LLC
6703 Odyssey Drive, Northwest Suite 304
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 3308
(256) 489-4748

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. John Scott O'Dell
4914 Moores Mill Road
Huntsville, AL 35811 - 1558
(256) 851-7653 Extension :104

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Timothy Neal McKechnie
4914 Moores Mill Road
Huntsville, AL 35811 - 1558
(256) 851-7653 Extension :103

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
ISS Utilization and Microgravity Research 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)

NASA’s vision for space exploration includes long duration human travel beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and sustained human presence on other planetary surfaces. For this vision to be a reality, one of the major challenges is to minimize radiation exposure to the crew and equipment. A material based solution typically results in paying a penalty due to additional weight. During this effort, a multifunctional composite is being developed as an integral part of a spacecraft or habitat to provide shielding against Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs) and secondary particles, enhanced structural integrity, and durability against overall space environment. During Phase 1, innovative fabrication methods have been developed to produce the radiation shielding composite.  Mechanical testing showed that compared to traditional aerospace aluminum alloys significant enhancements in specific strength and stiffness were obtained. During Phase 2, the composite will be optimized and samples will be produced for testing.  A primary task will be to use the MISSE-FF facility to test the composite against the combined space environment. Samples tested on ground for mechanical and radiation properties will be compared to samples tested on LEO to unambiguously demonstrate the multifunctionality of the composite.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential NASA applications for this technology include structural radiation shielding for the protection of humans and electronics in aerospace and space vehicles, space structures, such as stations, orbiters, landing vehicles, rovers, habitats, and nuclear propulsion. Potential customers include Boeing, Orbital-ATK, Lockheed, SpaceX, Bigelow Aerospace, and other NASA contractors.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In addition to NASA, the technologies can be leveraged across broad government and commercial applications including radiation shielding (particle accelerators, nuclear reactors, radioactive waste containment, satellite hardware, high-altitude airliners, medical patient shielding), electromagnetic pulse protection, sensors for neutron detection, and advanced nanoscale ceramic particles and tubes for composite reinforcement.

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
Isolation/Protection/Radiation Shielding (see also Mechanical Systems)
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Smart/Multifunctional Materials

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