NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S3.07-9205
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons
PROPOSAL TITLE: Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
PO Box 909
Tillamook, OR 97141 - 0909
(503) 842-1990

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Timothy T Lachenmeier
PO Box 909
Tillamook, OR 97141 - 0909
(503) 842-1990

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
With the Titan Saturn System Mission, NASA is proposing to send a Montgolfiere balloon to probe the atmosphere of Titan. In order to better plan this mission and create a robust optimized balloon design, NASA requires the ability to more accurately evaluate the convective heat transfer characteristics of the balloon operating in Titan's atmosphere. Based on limitations and shortfalls of previous efforts, NASA has requested proposals for a test bed to support CFD validation. Near Space Corporation (NSC) proposes to develop an innovative Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed (TMTT) with an innovative integrated sensor and data collection system to provide the required validation. The balloon envelope design will leverage experience gained on past Titan prototypes, and incorporate a novel data acquisition system that will enable both direct and indirect measurements. A combination of embedded sensors and infrared imaging will be used to provide both local and global surface measurements. The embedded sensors will be used to calibrate the remote IR imaging, providing better visualizations with higher resolution and more accurate measurements. The ground work for the system will be provided with model experimentation in Phase I and followed by the development of a full-size test bed in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary target market for the Titan Montgolfiere Terrestrial Test Bed is the Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM), including preparatory research projects and the actual mission. Technologies developed during this SBIR effort could be used for several NASA applications, including other planetary exploration missions, inflatable space habitats, and scientific terrestrial balloons. NASA JPL's effort to develop a Montgolfiere balloon for Mars could benefit from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models validated with data generated by a similar Terrestrial Test Bed. The capabilities developed during this SBIR could also be used to embed pressure sensors directly into inflatable space habitats to monitor performance. Another potential application would be to embed temperature sensors into scientific terrestrial balloons in order to better understand the performance and help further optimize innovative balloon concepts and robust designs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Technologies developed during this SBIR effort could be used for several non-NASA applications, including commercial inflatable space stations, lighter-than-air vehicle envelope monitoring, and solar electric generation system monitoring. Private commercial space technology companies seek to place inflatable space stations in low earth orbit in the next decade, and could benefit from significantly improved monitoring technologies enabled by the sensor technology developed through this SBIR. This technology could also be used to monitor the performance and health of airship and aerostat hulls, which are increasingly used by the USA military for situational awareness in combat zones.

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.)
3D Imaging
Active Systems
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Atmospheric Propulsion
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Input/Output Devices (Displays, Storage)
Data Modeling (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Heat Exchange
Image Analysis
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)
Maneuvering/Stationkeeping/Attitude Control Devices
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Passive Systems
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Process Monitoring & Control
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Simulation & Modeling
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Thermal Imaging (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)
Verification/Validation Tools

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