NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H4.01-9420
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Suit Pressure Garment and Airlock Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Next Generation, Lightweight, Durable Boot Materials to Provide Active & Passive Thermal Protection

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sandberg Lianne
lsandberg@nanosonic.com
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Melissa Campbell
mcampbell@nanosonic.com
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
(540) 626-6266

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 5
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Space Suit Pressure Garment and Airlock Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The objective of this NASA Phase I SBIR program is to leverage lightweight, durable materials developed by NanoSonic for use within extra vehicular activity (EVA) space boots to provide the following benefits: weight reduction, increased durability/longevity and thermal protection/comfort. NanoSonic will collaborate with ILC Dover, the manufacturer of the EVA space boot, to develop next-generation designs employing the adaptive thermal control materials described herein. Next-generation designs will increase the comfort and productivity while reducing fatigue and injury risks provided to crew members. Further, these next-generation EVA boot materials shall also provide enhanced instep support and enable better boot sizing as indexing.

To address the comfort and thermal concerns within the EVA boot, NanoSonic will work with ILC Dover, the world's leader in EVA spacesuits, who was recently awarded the contract by NASA to develop the Z-2 advanced spacesuit. In addition to providing enhancements for foot indexing and thermal comfort, NanoSonic will work with ILC to ensure that the solutions developed herein provide weight savings and increased durability such that the EVA prototype boots developed in the Phase II effort will afford crew members increased comfort and productivity while reducing fatigue and injury risk. The proposed program would start at TRL 5 and end at TRL 8 after a Phase II effort.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Near term potential NASA commercial applications include incorporation within current and next-generation: EVA spacesuit gloves and boots and "zero-G" station boots. Additional NASA commercial applications include new spacesuits to support planned Lunar and Martian environment service as well as enabling near earth asteroid (NEAs) exploration.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Both of the thermal control technologies presented herein could also be readily leveraged as personal garments for building occupants to extend their range of thermal comfort. Passive and active technologies may reduce the national energy expenditure on thermal control within buildings by allowing the neutral-band to be expanded. Since the majority of the nation's yearly energy expenditures revolve around the thermal control of commercial and residential buildings, garments that take advantage of NanoSonic's existing technologies could yield substantial savings in energy costs.

Beyond the incorporation of flexible Metal Rubber heating circuits into space glove, diver gloves and boots, and first responder glove systems, there are other applications of Metal Rubber heater and other circuits and Metal Rubber material itself. Unlike so‐called 'flex circuits,' which can bend but not be strained, Metal Rubber circuits are truly flexible and stretchable. The future of such circuits lies in personal communication and display equipment, biomedical diagnostic sensors and equipment, and as sensors of large physical displacements that cannot be measured without failure by conventional foil strain gages. NanoSonic currently works with a major U.S. biomedical system manufacturer and several U.S. aerospace companies in these areas, and all have purchased NanoSonic's Metal Rubber material products.

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.)
Metallics
Nanomaterials
Physiological/Psychological Countermeasures
Polymers
Protective Clothing/Space Suits/Breathing Apparatus
Space Transportation & Safety
Textiles

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