NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 20-1- S3.05-5291
 Terrestrial Balloons and Planetary Aerial Vehicles
 Variable Altitude Venus Platform
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 East Michigan Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 903-1000

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Chad Bower
3481 East Michigan Street Tucson, AZ 85714 - 2221
(520) 981-2911

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Carole Leon
3481 East Michigan Street Tucson, AZ 85714 - 2221
(520) 382-4813
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

NASA desires 40 to 60+ altitude control range for a Venus aerobot—with the 40km altitude presenting a significant hurdle for vehicle design due to high (145°C) atmospheric temperature. The Paragon-proposed innovation couples their team’s current advancements in robust, extreme temperature flexible/impermeable barrier envelopes with the latest Mechanical Compression Altitude Control Balloon (MC-ACB) technology. MC-ACB’s unique planar fabrication protocol is highly conducive to incorporation of the aforementioned extreme temperature structural and gas barrier constituents. MC-ACB is a robust, continuously super-pressurized, rapid altitude control aerobot. Ascent and descent are initiated and maintained by modulation of the balloon’s lifting gas density through motorized mechanical compression. As the aerobot ascends and descends in accordance with its programmed trajectory, the balloon’s accordion-like segmented envelope leaves the lifting gas volume free to adapt to the variation in atmospheric density associated with the varying altitude. The number of balloon segments can be adapted to the desired altitude range: A larger number of segments presents a greater ratio of distended to compressed volume, which in turn provides controlled access to the great range of trajectory altitudes sought by NASA.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Particularly in light of global warming, the MC-ACB’s rapid, accurate mobility provides an ideal Earth-observational platform for surface and atmosphere, as well as for biological systems. The technology could also prove enabling in development of stratospheric balloon-borne observation systems such as suborbital telescopes. The proposed MC-ACB technology will have immediate application in expanding exploration of atmospheric planets and moons.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Applications include long term commercial monitoring of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land masses. The proposed MC-ACB platform and analysis tools can also be applied for a variety of semi-autonomous functions over broad areas, such as a communications platform for cellular services, sensor platforms for military applications, and electronic observation platform for border control authorities.

Duration: 6

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