NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S2.03-8698
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Carbon Fiber Reinforced, Zero CME Composites

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vanguard Composites Group, Inc.
9431 Dowdy Drive
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4336
(858) 587-4210

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Eldon P. Kasl
ekasl@vanguardcomposites.com
9431 Dowdy Drive
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4336
(858) 587-4210 Extension :1823

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 2

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Technical Abstract: This project proposes to develop moisture insensitive, high performance, carbon fiber laminates for future missions. Current space-qualified resins swell as moisture is absorbed. Eliminating moisture induced swelling (i.e. strain) will permit reallocation of telescope error budget and simplify integration and test activities. A relatively simple laminate production process is envisioned where eutectic alloy will replace traditional polymer resin matrix. In terms of strain, eutectic alloys are insensitive to moisture absorption and possess tailorable properties. Key fiber and alloy adjustments will achieve the best blend between laminate moisture insensitivity, thermal and structural properties.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Telescope metering structures, optical benches, deployable precision booms, and reflectors for astrophysics, earth observing, and planet finding missions including: SAFIR, TPF, ATLAST, SPECS, UVOIR, ACE, and DESDYNI. Ground-based submillimeter telescope truss tubes and primary mirror panels for CCAT.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Telescope metering structures, optical benches, deployable precision booms, and reflectors for classified remote sensing, military and commercial communications and imagery satellites.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Composites
Joining (Adhesion, Welding)
Structures


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