NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


   
Proposal Number:          21-1- Z7.03-2885
          
          
   
Subtopic Title:
      Entry and Descent System Technologies
          
          
   
Proposal Title:
      Improved Solid-State Hydrogen Gas Generator
          
          

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
Anasphere, Inc.
          
   
Address:
          
5400 Frontage Road, Manhattan, MT 59741
          
   
Phone:
          
(406) 595-3286                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
John Bognar
          
   
E-mail:
          
jbognar@anasphere.com
          
   
Address:
          
5400 Frontage Rd, MT 59741 - 8046
          
   
Phone:
          
(406) 595-3286                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
John Bognar
          
   
E-mail:
          
jbognar@anasphere.com
          
   
Address:
          
5400 Frontage Rd, MT 59741 - 8046
          
   
Phone:
          
(406) 595-3286                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

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

Deployable aerodynamic decelerators are an enabling technology for missions to planets and moons with atmospheres as well as for returning payloads to Earth.  These decelerators require a gas source for inflation, and the objective is to further advance solid-state hydrogen gas generators.

Anasphere has demonstrated a gas generator suitable for use with Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators (HIADs).  Subsequent research has shown that a far more mass-efficient design may be built using an alternative construction method coupled with similar but improved chemistry. Phase I work will involve optimizing the chemistry of the system components to ensure that the generators remain compatible with HIADs.  Specifically, the new design exposes the HIAD to more species than just hydrogen, and these species will be identified, quantified, and reduced or controlled as necessary.  Test generators will be built to demonstrate filtration and cooling technologies required to implement the more mass-efficient design.

Phase II work will include scaling up the new design and subjecting it to extensive environmental tests.

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

            The primary NASA application will be Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators (HIADs) as planned for use on missions to planets and moons with atmospheres as well as returning payloads to Earth.  An additional application could be the inflation of planetary balloons.

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

            Low-cost access to space will be enabled by HIAD systems which apply this generator technology because HIADs offer a practical means of recovering launch vehicle components such as engines.  Commercial space ventures can also apply HIAD technology for the more efficient return of material to Earth. 

            Terrestrial balloon inflation is another application area.

          
          
     
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