NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 S3.02-9418
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE: Trussed TRAC Boom for Solar Sails

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80503 - 7555
(720) 200-0068

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dana Turse
2602 Clover Basin Drive, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80503 - 7555
(303) 909-7649

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: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Propulsion Systems for Robotic Science Missions 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 1,000m2-10,000m2 class solar sails for future exploration missions, Roccor is developing the composite Trussed TRAC (T-TRAC) Boom system. Like the original TRAC boom to be flight validated on the upcoming NEA (Near-Earth Asteroid) Scout mission (McNutt, et al [2014]), T-TRAC has a triangular cross-section that flattens and rolls around a spool for packaging.  Unlike the original TRAC, T-TRAC is applicable to much larger scale sail systems.  The proposed T-TRAC boom is advancing TRAC technology through: 1) scaling up the cross-section size and length of the boom, 2) light weighting the boom through material re-distribution and removal, and 3) cross-section geometric modification and closing. Preliminary analyses indicate these steps will achieve more than a 5X increase in TRAC Boom structural mass efficiency over recently developed high strain composite (HSC) TRAC Booms, while maintaining an extremely compact roll stowed configuration that leverages the solar sail mechanical design heritage established with the recent Nanosail D (Alhorn, et al [2011]) and upcoming NEA Scout TRAC-deployed sail systems.

The overarching Phase II objective is to further develop and mature the T-TRAC technology such that it can be considered for NASA’s future mid-sized solar sail missions.  Multi-scale micro-mechanics, laminate, cross-section, and full section analyses will be performed to optimize laminate architecture and TRAC geometry.  The Phase II effort will culminate in the design, production and demonstration of a four-boom T-TRAC deployment system.  

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
*Mid-scale (1,000-10,000m2) solar sails
*Large-scale (>100kW) solar arrays for solar electric propulsion

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
*Commercial roll-out solar arrays

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.)
Actuators & Motors
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Simulation & Modeling
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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