Form 9.B Project Summary



Proposal Number:


Project Title:

Ultra-Thin Film Fabrication for

Inflatable Systems and Solar Sails

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

Lightweight, deployable space structures made

from mechanically reliable ultra-thin films have

tremendous potential for enabling lighter, less

expensive space missions. NASA applications for

these films include inflatable antennas, solar

collectors, and space structures, in addition to uses

in solar sails, thermal blankets, and flat film

reflectors. The proposed research will demonstrate

the feasability of continuous roll fabrication of

colorless polyimide ultra-thin films with 1 to 2 µm

thickness that incorporate rip-stop technology,

anti-cling qualities for handling and deployment,

and high refectivity. Also, the fabrication process

will be refined to produce quality control

parameters for consistent and repeatable

continuous film production. In addition, the

mechanical and physical properties of the ultra-thin

films will be measured through standardized lab


Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The production of continuous roll ultra-thin films

incorporating these advanced features are

commercially applicable to inflatable structures,

solar sails, thermal blankets, flat film reflectors,

and electronic thin film capacitor tissues. The

continuous roll film process provides increased

quality control, smaller film thicknesses, and cost

savings over current thin film technologies in

commercially available.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

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

Chris Talley

SRS Technologies

500 Discovery Drive NW

Huntsville , AL 35806

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


Dr. Harold L. Pastrick

SRS Technologies

500 Discovery Drive NW

Huntsville , AL 35806