NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- Z3.03-5627
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0351
Subtopic Title:
Development of material joining technologies and large-scale additive manufacturing processes for on-orbit manufacturing and construction
Proposal Title:
Additive Friction Stir Deposition for In-Space Manufacturing

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
IERUS Technologies, Inc.
          
   
Address:
          
2904 Westcorp Boulevard, Suite 210, Huntsville, AL 35805
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 319-2026                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Dr. Greg Finney
          
   
E-mail:
          
greg.finney@ierustech.com
          
   
Address:
          
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210, AL 35805 - 6437
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 319-2026                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Zac Snodgrass
          
   
E-mail:
          
zac.snodgrass@ierustech.com
          
   
Address:
          
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210, AL 35805 - 6437
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 319-2026                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

   
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
Begin: 3
End: 4
          
          
     
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

IERUS Technologies proposes to investigate the use of Additive Friction Stir Deposition (AFS-D) to robotically fabricate and repair large structures in the external space environment. The AFS-D process provides a new path for repairing and additively manufacturing metallic structures. AFS-D produces fully-dense, near net-shape structures in open atmospheric conditions. IERUS Technologies also proposes to investigate the integration of its Vision System for inspection of AFS-D fabricated components. IERUS’s Vision System is designed to verify dimensions of post processed in-space manufactured components.

          
          
     
Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The AFS-D process is well suited for additively manufacturing large metal structures in both terrestrial and space environments. The Vision System is applicable for inspection of additive manufactured components in both terrestrial and space environments.

          
          
     
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Potential Non-NASA applications of on-orbit manufacturing and repair include commercial satellite servicing and manufacturing of large trusses, solar arrays and antenna reflectors for other government agencies such as the Air Force and DARPA. The Vision System can also be applied for commercial applications such as inspection of precision components for automotive and aerospace markets.

          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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