NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- Z2.01-5731
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Spacecraft Thermal Management
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Oil-Free Spinning Scroll for Multiple-Stage Isopentane Heat Pump
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Air Squared, Inc.
510 Burbank Street
Broomfield, CO 80020
(513) 238-9778

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

Name:
STEPHEN CASKEY
E-mail:
s.caskey@airsquared.com
Address:
510 Burbank Street Broomfield, CO 80020 - 1604
Phone:
(303) 466-2669

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

Name:
Bryce Shaffer
E-mail:
NASA@airsquared.com
Address:
510 Burbank Street Broomfield, CO 80020 - 1604
Phone:
(513) 238-9778
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

NASA is currently seeking technologies that will support long duration habitation for large human class landers on the lunar surface. Technologies are needed that allow a single vehicle design to operate in the lunar environment where surface temperatures range from -193°C to 120°C. Technologies should also address reduction in mass, volume, and power usage relative to current solutions. To satisfy these objectives, Air Squared proposes a dual-loop thermal control system (TCS) with an outer loop consisting of a multi-stage, high-lift, isopentane vapor compression cycle (VCC) heat pump. To enable the proposed heat pump architecture, Air Squared will design, manufacture, and evaluate a lightweight, oil-free, spinning-scroll compressor during Phase I.

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

Successful Phase II completion of an oil-free, two-stage, spinning scroll thermal control system would significantly relieve mission-critical weight concerns, simplify manned and unmanned TCS for lunar and potential Martian exploration. Lightweight and scalable, the spinning scroll vapor compression cycle (VCC) eliminates the need to transport heavy water loads and negates the need for sublimators for lunar TCS, creating a multi-platform oil-free deep space HVAC process.

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

Enhanced development of the fundamental spinning scroll technology would be applicable as an aerospace environmental control system, refrigerated transportation thermal control, waste heat recovery, and several additional scroll compressor, vacuum, or expander projects where lightweight design and improved performance are essential

Duration: 6

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