NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 H5.01-9421
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Mars Surface Solar Array Structures
PROPOSAL TITLE: Solar Transportable Array Rover for Conformable Deployment Retraction on Mars

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
San Diego Composites, Inc.
9220 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4407
(858) 751-0450

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Quinn McAllister
9220 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4407
(858) 751-0450 Extension :118

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christine Benzie
9220 Activity Road
San Diego, CA 92126 - 4407
(858) 751-0450 Extension :103

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Mars Surface Solar Array Structures 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)
SDC?s Solar Transportable Array Rover (STAR) Power system is an inflatable structure integrated with state-of-the-art solar blanket technology. The inflatable structure and solar blanket are stored in a roll as small as 0.5 m in diameter and 3 m wide for a 2500 m2 array, achieving a 150 kW/m3 packaging efficiency. The bladder membrane thickness will be optimized for the prescribed pressure, realize a rolled packaging volume as low as 5 m3, hold the solar cells more than 1 m off the ground, and weigh as little as 500-750 kg for a 2500 m2 array. The optimized rolled packaging makes the STAR Power system installable across landers, transport vehicles, habitats, and power plant sites, providing a universal power solution for Mars habitation and exploration.
In this Phase I SBIR, SDC will design, analyze, manufacture, and demonstrate a sub-scale STAR Power system inflatable structure. The design and analysis of the support inflatable bladders will focus on weight optimization to meet the pressurization requirements. The deployment/retraction demonstration will be conducted over both even and uneven terrain, and enable evaluation of initial packing factor, repacking factor, conformability, reliability, and durability.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary market for the STAR Power system technology is Mars exploration and habitation. The development of the STAR Power system has been tailored to fulfill both stationary and mobile power system requirements. SDC has aligned the company and the technology development with the key players in the next generation of Mars habitation and Mars exploration, the primary markets for the Mars surface solar arrays. Target insertion programs include Orion and NextSTEP. NASA markets other than Mars surface solar arrays include: deployable booms on the ISS or other space vehicles, curved deployable boom structures for optimal packaging, optional packaging scheme for habitats, and solar power systems for SEP vehicles, satellites, and cubesats.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Additional applications include private space exploration, Mars and lunar habitation, solar electric propulsion, private space stations, private cubesats and terrestrial applications including deployable, transportable towers and booms, and light weight antenna structures. SDC estimates that a single deployment of the STAR power system versus other state-of-the-art options could achieve an ROI over 50.

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.)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Sources (Renewable, Nonrenewable)

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