NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 Z2.01-9331
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Thermal Management
PROPOSAL TITLE: Variable Gas-Conductance Radiator: Lightweight, High Turndown Spacecraft Radiator

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Quest Thermal Group
6452 Fig Street Unit A
Arvada, CO 80004 - 1060
(303) 395-3100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scott a Dye
6452 Fig St., Unit A
Arvada, CO 80004 - 1060
(303) 395-3100 Extension :102

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Alan Kopelove
6452 Fig Street Unit A
Arvada, CO 80004 - 1060
(303) 395-3100 Extension :101

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Thermal Management 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)

Spacecraft thermal control is a critical element to maintaining spacecraft, manned, unmanned, robotic or instrument, at proper temperatures for humans, instruments and electronics to function properly. NASA Science Mission Directorate and STMD have need for advanced thermal control systems for future spacecraft and exploration vehicles.  Variable Gas Radiator™ technology, using variable gas conductance in an IMLI insulation to control, in a Phase I prototype achieved a turndown ratio of 36:1, was successfully proven feasible and TRL3 achieved. Quest believes VGR technology could provide high turndown ratios at any given temperature, in a lightweight radiator.  This new technology and product has many applications within NASA and the commercial spacecraft/satellite market.

Phase II work will continue development of VGR technology, including enclosure redesign, more flight-like pressure control hardware, extensive characterization, and  early flight-qual testing.  During Phase II, Quest will mature the technology to TRL 5 and have prototypes for NASA and Prime Contractor evaluation.

Phase II development of the Variable Gas Radiator (VGR) program begins studying advanced spacecraft heat rejection requirements for NASA and commercial spacecraft and missions, continues with study and review of the Phase I results. VGR enclosure and hardware development will be a focus. VCR design will be iterated, and prototypes tested for radiant heat flow, with improvement expected in overall radiator performance and turndown capability.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Variable Gas Radiator? technology is a novel highly variable spacecraft radiator being developed for NASA to provide needed new technology for spacecraft thermal control for advanced spacecraft and missions demanding variable radiated heat control. A VGR prototype provided a turndown ratio 36:1, current spacecraft radiators offer a 4:1 turndown ratio, and VGR with further development should achieve at least 40:1 turndown capability.

NASA in the SBIR 2017 solicitation sought unique solutions for thermal control technologies that facilitate a low mass highly reliable thermal control system for exploration vehicles and for science missions. Future spacecraft will require more sophisticated thermal control systems that operate in severe environments ranging from full sun to deep space and dissipate a wide range of heat loads. Potential NASA applications for this new technology include NASA Resource Prospector, CATALYST landers, cubesats, as well as comm sats.

Variable heat radiators are an important enabling technology needed for NASA?s future exploration missions. For example, it is listed as needed for NASA Design Reference Missions (e.g., DRM8 and 9) which are crewed missions to Mars. VGR technology, if proved successful, could be infused into future NASA spacecraft, including manned spacecraft, robotic exploration vehicles, Earth observing satellites, science and interplanetary spacecraft.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Quest Thermal?s Variable Gas Radiator technology was proven feasible in a Phase I program, and could be further developed, tested and matured in a Phase II program to reach TRL 5. It might then be flight proven in a NASA Phase III test program or ISS experiment, reaching TRL 7. As the technology matures, Quest would reach out to satellite thermal engineers and thermal component (radiator) manufacturers to begin discussions on VGR.

During the Phase II program, Quest will conduct market research on the spacecraft radiator/thermal control market using both internal staff and an external business development consultant. This market study is part of a Technology Assessment we will conduct, and should lead to customer responses to VGR, and direct leads at major spacecraft Prime Contractors.

Major satellite manufacturers include Boeing Defense, Space and Security, SSL (Space Systems/Loral), Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Ball Aerospace, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defense and Space. There are also spacecraft component specialty manufacturers that supply thermal control components such as radiators and heat pipes, and these include Orbital ATK, Lockheed Martin/Vought System and Sierra Nevada Corp.

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.)
Active Systems
Heat Exchange
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Passive Systems
Smart/Multifunctional Materials

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