NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 X13.02-9217
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Food Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Dual Use Packaging

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
14514 Creek Crossing Drive
Orland Park, IL 60467 - 6046
(708) 441-9781

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
George Sadler
14514 Creek Crossing Drive
Orland Park, IL 60467 - 6046
(708) 441-9781

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA calculation that over a kg of packaging waste are generated per day for a 6 member crew. This represents over 1.5 metric tons of waste during a Mars mission. Currently, these wastes are considered a disposal burden. However, packaging can designed to have valuable secondary uses which can lighten other payloads. These include: Light generation, electricity generation, storage structures, building materials, and raw material for hardware items. These benefits are not readily available in NASA's foil laminate structures used for packaging. Other materials more amenable to secondary uses lack the moisture and oxygen barrier essential to achieve NASA's shelf life targets for foods. This project controls moisture electro-thermally and oxygen electrochemically in an overwrap container. Once oxygen and moisture are managed in the overwrap, individual packaging can be made of virtually any material and the broad potential of secondary packaging becomes available. Phase I developed the tools and mathematical equations necessary to construct and model the performance of the overwrap system. Phase II research will combine these tools to create a working overwrap system capable of achieving NASA's shelf life requirements and providing valuable secondary uses to packaging wastes. As a result of this research, spent packaging will no longer be a waste burden, but will become a valuable mission asset.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The overpack system with secondary applications parallels military needs. The US Navy seeks strategies for reducing packaging wastes and the Army has need for lightweight packages which are more adaptable to field preparation. The proposal explores space savings innovations such as magnetic induction heating and laser fabrication using spent packaging. These have broad application across the space program and throughout the military.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Proposed packaging innovations have commercial, military and environmental application. Strategies for imparting biochemical activity to packaging (including antimicrobial, oxygen scavenging, and antioxidant properties) have broad food and pharmaceutical applications. The military also relies on foil laminate containers. Innovations of this research would provide packaging to the military which are lighter in weight and which are more amenable to field preparation. Seeking strategies to build value into packaging waste is in itself environmentally responsible. However, as world environmental regulations become stricter, new markets will open for technologies which address packaging wastes.

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.

Biomass Production and Storage
In-situ Resource Utilization
Photovoltaic Conversion
Radiation Shielding Materials
Renewable Energy
Sterilization/Pathogen and Microbial Control
Thermoelectric Conversion
Waste Processing and Reclamation

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