NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- Z13.02-6403
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Dust Tolerant Mechanisms
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Dust Tolerant Joints
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 250-4200

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

Name:
Jennifer Smith
E-mail:
jsmith@tritonsys.com
Address:
200 Turnpike Road Chelmsford, MA 01824 - 4040
Phone:
(978) 856-4188

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

Name:
Collette Jolliffe
E-mail:
cjolliffe@tritonsystems.com
Address:
200 Turnpike Road Chelmsford, MA 01824 - 4040
Phone:
(978) 856-4158
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Lunar explorations have identified significant lunar dust-related problems that will challenge future mission success. Mechanical systems will be exposed to harsh regolith dust that comprises particles ranging in size from tens of nanometers to microns, and they need to operate on the dusty surface of the moon for months to years with little to no maintenance. NASA seeks technologies in rotary, linear and static joints that will protect from or tolerate dust intrusion. For this Phase I project, Triton will leverage our extensive experience in developing innovative bearings solutions for contaminant-rich environments to design and fabricate dust tolerant joints. We will perform environmental ultra-fine dust tests on the prototypes and evaluate their ability to mitigate and tolerate dust. A report detailing the design concepts and test results, along with recommendations on methods to optimize their performance will be delivered. In Phase II, Triton will optimize joint designs to mitigate dust, fabricate and test the prototypes under simulated operational conditions. Phase II deliverables will include a functional prototype, test results, as well as technology maturation and transition plan for application to mission-worthy systems.

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

This proposed program will deliver dust tolerant joints that will protect from or tolerate dust intrusion. The novel technology will enable mechanical systems to operate on the dusty surface of the moon for months to years, thus extending their lifetime and enabling the success of future lunar explorations. The dust tolerant joints can be used for Life Support Systems, Advanced Extra Vehicular Activity Systems, Space Suit Assembly, Robotics and Mobility Systems and In situ Resource Utilization.

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

This program will deliver a platform technology for mitigating dust in joints. Due to the ubiquity of joints in mechanical systems, this technology will extend the lifetime of mechanical systems used in contaminant-rich environments, leading to improved efficiency and cost savings. It will benefit numerous industries, including aerospace, automotive, heavy machinery, renewable energy, agriculture.

Duration: 6

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