NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- Z3.05-6476
Phase 1 Contract #:
80NSSC20C0660
Subtopic Title:
Satellite Servicing Technologies
Proposal Title:
An Additively Manufactured, Leak-Proof NTO Swivel

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Quadrus Advanced Manufacturing, LLC
          
   
Address:
          
289 Dunlop Boulevard, Building 300, Huntsville, AL 35824
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 679-9189                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Joseph Sims
          
   
E-mail:
          
jsims@QuadrusCorp.com
          
   
Address:
          
289 Dunlop Blvd., Bldg. 300, AL 35824 - 1122
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 801-3128                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Joseph Sims
          
   
E-mail:
          
jsims@QuadrusCorp.com
          
   
Address:
          
289 Dunlop Blvd., Bldg. 300, AL 35824 - 1122
          
   
Phone:
          
(256) 801-3128                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

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

Quadrus Advanced Manufacturing, LLC (QAM) is pleased to present this proposal to continue the development of an additively manufactured, highly dexterous mechanism that enables the safe, leak-free transfer of the storable hypergolic oxidizer (nitrogen tetroxide, NTO, with mixed oxides of nitrogen, MON). Our Additively manufactured Dexterous Leak-proof Interface (ADLI) is a radically simple design that uses four additively manufactured (AM) parts configured to interface with custom bellows formed from Nitinol, which is a ~50:50 alloy of nickel and titanium known for its superelastic behavior, using a proven commercial hydroforming process.  Importantly, our design uses no seals and no soft goods, yet still interfaces with propellant service valves along any vector within a full hemisphere about the hinge for the pitch axis. In short, ADLI provides the flexibility to transfer propellant from a servicing satellite, which is in a huge range of orientations relative to a client satellite with virtually any propellant service valve configuration.

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

We will work to insert ADLI into planned orbital servicing missions, such as a future follow-on to NASA’s OSAM-1 (On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing-1). 

Second, the Mars Sample Return has one mission architecture that places an empty launch vehicle on the Martian surface, then transfer propellants to it from a rover brought on a second flight. We plan to market ADLI to MSR architects at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Headquarters to help position ADLI for use in that flagship mission.

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

First, we plan to extend the marketing and planning effort for ADLI to the commercial space community, which is aware of the tremendous market potential for reclaiming those satellites, so we will begin to use our existing contacts at Virgin Orbit and Blue Origin (we have additively manufactured components for both companies) to create a true commercial pull for ADLI.

          
          
     
Duration:     24
          
          

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