NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 Z8.03-9293
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Small Spacecraft Power and Thermal Control
PROPOSAL TITLE: High-Strain Composite Deployable Radiators for CubeSats

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80503 - 7555
(303) 200-0068

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Diego Arias
2602 Clover Basin Drive, suite D
Longmont, CO 80503 - 7555
(303) 815-8583

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephanie Amend
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80503 - 7555
(801) 710-1252

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Small Spacecraft Power and Thermal Control 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)
In response to NASA's need for compact, lightweight and efficient, low-cost deployable radiators for CubeSats, Roccor proposes to develop a high-strain laminate composite deployable radiator capable of dissipating over 50-watts of thermal energy. The proposed design leverages Roccor's experience in high-strain composite deployable structures and thermal management products for CubeSat and SmallSat applications. While solar arrays and instrument capabilities in CubeSat applications keep growing, the limited radiator surface results in a thermal bottleneck that limits the actual use of science or communication instruments. State-of-the-art deployable radiators use multiple rigid panels connected by a flexible hinge, replicating designs used in large space structures. However, the miniaturization of such designs have proven incapable of meeting the tight mass and volume constraints of CubeSat applications. Roccor proposes to utilize a novel packaging of large surface areas, made of highly conductive materials, and with enough strain energy to deploy passively in a radial arrangement.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Roccor will maintain constant engagement with NASA centers in order to identify missions with thermal bottle necks, which could benefit from having additional power dissipation capabilities through extended surfaces. The primary target application is future NASA CubeSat and SmallSat spacecraft in which the surface area available for thermal dissipation has become the design bottleneck.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Over the past year Roccor has been collaborating with Morehead State University on opportunities for integrating Roccor's thermal management products into MSU's 6U common bus for scientific missions. In addition, Roccor has been in contact with commercial CubeSat or SmallSat developers who are reaching the thermal design limits for the significant processing or power dissipation of the designs.

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.)
Heat Exchange
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Passive Systems
Simulation & Modeling

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