NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 O3.06-8148
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Environmental Control Systems & Technologies for NR & Cubesats
PROPOSAL TITLE: Demonstration of a Thermally-Controlled Shipping Container for NanoRack and CubeSat Payloads

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955 - 5327
(321) 631-3550

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert P Scaringe, Ph.D.
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955 - 5327
(321) 631-3550

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A significant challenge faced by space-bound experiment packages is the requirement for a minimally controlled environment while a small payload is awaiting launch or is in transit to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is seeking thermal solutions for the transportation of NanoRack and CubeSats experimental payloads. This proposal discusses a unique thermally-controlled storage/shipping container that can provide active cooling to maintain a pre-determined set-point temperature during the storage and transport of small payloads prior to being loaded aboard the Soyuz launch vehicle for transport to the ISS. For example, as discussed further in this proposal, this lightweight, compact, reusable, shipping container can provide 60?aF thermal environment inside the container, when exposed to 130?aF ambient temperature for at least 12 hours while only being powered by two commercial AA NiMH rechargeable batteries (and unlimited duration thermal control when connected to external power). The Thermally Controlled Shipping Container for small satellite payloads will also have data recording and wireless monitoring capability. Phase I will demonstrate the system with a NanoRack or CubSat payload, thereby reducing the risk during a follow-on Phase II effort. This proposal contains technical details and photographs of critical components of the system, which have already been demonstrated on Internal R&D (to clearly demonstrate the potential of the proposed approach). A detailed commercialization study which shows a significant markets for this technology in the microclimate cooling, electronic cooling and thermally-controlled shipping container markets is also included. Mainstream is well versed in this technology, has critical patents pending on the technology, and this work dovetails well with our existing and developing product lines. Mainstream has sufficient financial resources and experience to commercialize this technology.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Thermally-controlled shipping and storage containers for NanoRack and CubeSat satellites, miniature micro-gravity active thermal control systems for small satellites, localized electronic spot cooling for systems on the ISS.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Thermally-controlled medical shipping containers, miniature active thermal control systems for compact electronic systems and computers, localized spot cooling for electronics, and microclimate cooling systems for workers wearing protective clothing.

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.)
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