NASA CubeSat & Smallsat SBIR, STTR Phase I Awards

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NASA is continuing to fund the development of CubeSat and smallsat technology through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Last week, the agency announced it had selected at least 20 research projects focused on these classes of satellites. The proposals were selected for SBIR, SBIR Select and STTR Phase I awards.

The projects are either directly related to these types of spacecraft or would produce technology that could be applied to them. The research work involves new boosters, in-space propulsion systems, components, sensors and other technologies.

Phase I feasibility studies are for six months and a maximum of $125,000. Firms that successfully complete this phase are eligible to submit a proposal for Phase II proposal, during which selectees will expand on the results of the developments in Phase I. Phase III awards examine the commercialization of Phase II results and requires the use of private sector, non-SBIR, funding.

The R&D projects are shown in the tables below.

SBIR & SBIR SELECT PHASE I AWARDS

COMPANY LOCATION
PROJECT
SBIR AWARDS
Alphacore, Inc.Tucson, AZRadiation-Hard Ka-Band Power Amplifier for CubeSats
Busek Company, Inc.Natick, MAHybrid Direct Drive PPU for Deep Space CubeSat Propulsion System
Composite Technology Development, Inc.Lafayette, COElectric Potential and Field Instrument for CubeSat (EPIC)
Digital Solid State Propulsion, Inc.Reno, NVGreen Electric Monopropellant (GEM) Fueled Pulsed Plasma Thruster
EOTRON, LLCOceanside, CASilicon Cold Plate for CubeSat/SmallSat Thermal Control
ExoTerra Resource, LLC
Lone Tree, COCubesat SEP Power Module
Fibertek, Inc.Herndon, VA3D Imaging Cubesat Lidar for Asteroid and Planetary Sciences
i2C SolutionsLouisville, COFlexible 2-Phase Thermal Strap for Small Sats
Innosense, LLCTorrance, CAModified Ionic Liquids for Thermal Properties in CubeSats
Iris Technology Corporation
Irvine, CACubeSat Cryocooler System (CCS)
LoadPathAlbuquerque, NM
High heat flux Enhanced Acquisition and Transport System for Small Spacecraft
Space Micro, Inc.San Diego, CARadiation Tolerant Integrated Attitude Determination and Control (uADCS) System
Systima Technologies
Kirkland, WAMiniaturized Lightweight Monopropellant Feed System for Nano- and Micro-satellites
VentionsSan Francisco, CASmall-Scale, Methane-Fueled Reaction Control Engines for In-Space Propulsion
SBIR SELECT AWARDS
Nuvotronics, LLCRadford, VA
PolyStrata Greenhouse GasRadiometer for Small Satellite Applications

STTR PHASE I PROJECTS

COMPANY RESEARCH INSTITUTION
PROJECT
Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
Long Beach, CA
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
NLV Upper Stage Development and Flight Testing
Gloyer-Taylor Laboratories, LLC
Tullahoma, TN
 University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL
Advanced Hybrid Stage
Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.
Brooklyn, NY
 University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
The World is Not Enough (WINE): Harvesting Local Resources for Eternal Exploration of Space
 Parabilis Space Technologies, Inc.
San Marcos, CA
 Utah State University
Logan, UT
High Performance Hybrid Upper Stage for NanoLaunch Vehicles
Terves Inc.
Euclid, OH
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
Green, Compact Hybrids for Nanosatellite Launchers