NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 S1.02-8910
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Active Microwave Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Space Compatible Radar Absorbing Materials

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Energy Science Laboratories, Inc.
6888 Nancy Ridge Drive
San Diego, CA 92121 - 2232
(858) 552-2032

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Yamaki
6888 Nancy Ridge Drive
San Diego, CA 92121 - 2232
(858) 552-1391

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 2 to 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This SBIR Phase 1 project shall investigate novel radar absorbing materials (RAM) for use in space or simulated space environments. These materials are lightweight composites having novel fiber architecture, enabling a combination of performance characteristics not available with conventional RAM: high broadband absorption, lightweight, low outgassing, low contamination, and high power capability. The fiber materials potentially serve a functional role in composite radar absorbing structures.

Phase 1 will gather performance requirements and assess the potential benefits compared with current baseline materials. Selected fiber configurations will be prepared and characterized.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed RAM materials are intended to serve in NASA thermal-vacuum testing of MW and RF hardware such as transmitters, radar altimeters, and remote sensing. Upcoming Mars missions rely on radar altimeters that require associated vacuum-compatible RAM.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

RAM is used for testing and evaluation of radio frequency hardware.
MW and RF technologies are important in Defense, where RAM serves in low observables, and in Wireless Communications, where RAM is used for shielding.

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.

Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Optical & Photonic Materials
Testing Facilities

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