NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H3.02-7564
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Environmental Control and Life Support for Spacecraft and Habitats
PROPOSAL TITLE: A Novel Cleaning Technology for Spacecraft Habitat

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
nGimat Co.
1824 Willow Trail Parkway
Norcross, GA 30093 - 2608
(404) 213-7208

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Yongdong Jiang
1824 Willow Trail Parkway
Norcross, GA 30093 - 2608
(678) 287-2477

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Angie Everett
1824 Willow Trail Pkwy
Norcross, GA 30093 - 2608
(404) 213-7208

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Environmental Control and Life Support for Spacecraft and Habitats is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
There is currently no space based laundry technology. Traditional laundry uses a large amount of surfactants, which results in a substantial organic contaminant burden on downstream wastewater processors. Using cleaning wipes to clean crew contacted surface also generates solid wastes. In this project, based on its success on high performance superhydrophobic and antimicrobial coatings, nGimat proposes to develop a novel cleaning technology, which can be applied onto a wide range of crew contacted surfaces and fabrics. The proposed effort by nGimat will create functional surfaces via CCVD so that surfactants are no longer needed to clean and much less solid wastes will be generated. In the meanwhile, the technology will also provide a cleaning pad to collect and hold the cleaning water/solution and dust for easy recycling and regeneration of cleaning water in microgravity environment, which will significantly reduce resource and energy usage and improve comfortableness and safety of the space habitats.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed technology could find direct use in NASA's space habitats for long human missions, in microgravity, and on planetary surfaces, by forming an easy cleaning surface on a wide range of substrates, including both rigid and flexible materials. The super-omniphobic antimicrobial coatings can grant not only excellent water repellency and oil resistance, but also active self-cleaning performance and bacteria resistance, thus they can be used as high protective surfaces. A special cleaning pad optimizes the use of limited resources.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In addition to the significant NASA's needs, the demand for easy-cleaning or self-cleaning surfaces are widely needed for high protective clothing, functional outdoor clothing, window glass, bath and kitchen surfaces, medical devices, sensors, and electronic components, etc. Wide usage of the proposed technology would result in significantly improved safety, comfortableness and reduce energy and resources needed for cleaning and launderings. Thus any common carriers, such as airlines, taxis and public transportation, would benefit greatly. The NASA/military will benefit from the dual use nature of this technology.

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.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Protective Clothing/Space Suits/Breathing Apparatus
Space Transportation & Safety

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