NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 X4.03-8928
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Low Temperature Mechanisms
PROPOSAL TITLE: Lightweight High Efficiency Electric Motors and Actuators for Low Temperature Mobility and Robotics Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QM Power, Inc.
441 Marlborough Street #2
Boston, MA 02115 - 1208
(857) 350-3100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Charles J Flynn
25409 Timberlake Trail
Greenwood, MO 64034 - 8921
(816) 537-5306

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Space Exploration Vehicles and Lunar Surface Systems require electromechanical systems that are varied and include long life capability, high reliability, high thermal tolerance, high vacuum tolerance, significantly lower mass and volume, higher mass specific power and improved efficiency over the state of practice components/systems. Space, Weight, Power efficiency, and Cost (SWaP-C) are the key performance drivers for most designs. The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate QM Power's high performance motor and actuator technology called Parallel Magnetic Circuit (PMCTM) that excels at all of those key performance parameters in low temperature lunar environments.

PMC motors and actuators have higher power density (over 20% lower weight and volume than alternative high perofrmance electric motors and actuators), higher torque density, run cooler, and operate more efficiently (over 90-94%) over a wider power output range than any known conventional AC or DC motors or actuators.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Due to the improved efficiency and other specific performance characteristics, PMC would greatly increase the range, payload capability, and functionality of the targeted mobility or robotic manipulator arm systems found in exploration vehicle or lunar surface systems.

The motors and actuators developed in this effort will be ideal for rovers (drive train, suspension and steering), cranes, instruments, drills, crushers, and other such facilities whether for lunar missions or other space exploration missions including Mars.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
High energy prices and usage have accelerated the growing global demand for energy efficient products and low cost energy generation. QM Power has begun working with strategic industry leaders to demonstrate the improved efficiency and performance of PMC enabled motors, generators and actuators for power tools (Black & Decker), electric or hybrid electric vehicles (Ferrari), wind and hydro power generation (NREL), linear actuators/pumps/clamps (NSF), industrial motors (BC Hydro), military (US Army Medical) applications and a variety of other stand-alone applications. According to Frost and Sullivan reports, the global market opportunity is around $70 billion per year.

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.

Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Earth-Supplied Resource Utilization
Electromagnetic Thrusters
Fluid Storage and Handling
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
In-situ Resource Utilization
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Launch and Flight Vehicle
Manned-Maneuvering Units
Power Management and Distribution
Renewable Energy
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Superconductors and Magnetic
Thermodynamic Conversion
Ultra-High Density/Low Power

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