Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972020

Proposal Number: 20.10-4200

Project Title: High Performance Polymer (TOR-RC)For Space Applications

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Triton Systems will develop a novel space durable material inherently resistant to AO-UV environments encountered in low earth orbits (LEO). This colorless polymer, designated as TOR-RC, characterized by high mechanical strength and low density, will be both solution and melt processable, providing films and coatings with a combination of properties previously unattainable. Expected applications of this material include reusable inflatable thin film concentrators, thermal control materials for LEO and GEO environments, solar array substrates, antenna reflector/collectors, and multilayer thermal insulation (MLI) blankets. In a Phase I program we will investigate and develop this material with an eye toward efficient scale-up synthesis and cost efficient processing designed to meet present and future materials needs in the aerospace community. The successes of the Phase I will lead to a Phase II which will roadmap the commercial production of TOR-RC for NASA and private sector space markets.

The proposed Phase I SBIR will focus on:

o Optimizing the synthesis of the TOR-RC polymer

o Scaling-up the production of TOR-RC in order to produce multi-pound quantities of polymer to ensure batch to batch reliability and repeatability

o Producing structures based on TOR-RC

o Metallizing rolls of TOR-RC film

o Characterizing the properties of the finished structure, and

o Forwarding prototype structures to potential end-users Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

Anticipated benefits of the proposed Phase I research are more reliable and more space durable structures for a variety of commercial and research space programs. New lightweight protective coatings and inflatable structures will be developed for LEO and GEO satellites, spacecraft, and high altitude aircraft. This will lead to more durable space vehicles for both NASA and commercial interests

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Dr. Charles Herbert

Triton Systems, Inc.

200 Turnpike Road

Chelmsford , MA 01824

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Mr. Ross Haghighat

Triton Systems, Inc.

200 Turnpike Road

Chelmsford , MA 01824