NASA Selects CubeSat & NanoSat Proposals for SBIR & STTR Awards

Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)
Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)

NASA has selected at at least 28 proposals involving Cube-, nano- and micro-sats for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I awards.

The total includes 23 SBIR and five STTR projects. Companies are partnered with university researchers for the STTR awards.

Selected projects cover a range of areas, including an asteroid prospecting CubeSat mission, smallsat propulsion systems, low-cost launcher technologies, new solar arrays and more.

The projects are listed below with links to full descriptions.

Small Business Technology Transfer Program

AstroCube: An Asteroid Prospecting CubeSat Mission
Busek Company, Inc.
Natick, MA
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
PI: Dr. Michael Tsay

Torch-Augmented Spark Igniter for Nanosat Launch Vehicle LOX/Propylene Rocket Engine
Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
Long Beach, CA
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL
PI: Christopher M. Bostwick

A Cubesat Hyperspectral Imager
Nanohmics, Inc.
Austin, TX
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
PI: Dr. Christopher Mann

Low Cost Upper Stage for Affordable Nano/Micro Launch
TGV Rockets, Inc.
Washiington, DC
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
PI: Dr. Earl W. Renaud

Deployable Ka-Band Reflectarray
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.
Irvine, CO
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
PI: Jacob Portukalian

Small Business Innovation Research Program

Loop Heat Pipe Manufacturing via DMLS for CubeSAT Applications
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Lancaster, PA
PI: Dr. William Anderson

Flexible Methane & Ethane Heat Pipes
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Lancaster, PA
PI: James Yun

Resilient Affordable Cubesat Processor
Advanced Materials Applications
Groveland, CA
PI: Dr. Kathleen Morse

Solar Cube 2U: A Heliogyro Propulsion System for CubeSats
Altius Space Machines, Inc.
Broomfield, CO
PI: Dr. Richard S. Blomquist

DRG-Based CubeSat Inertial Reference Unit (DCIRU)
Applied Technology Associates
Albuquerque, NM
PI: Darren Laughlin

Additively Manufactured Low Power Thrusters for Secondary Payloads
Arctic Slope Technical Services, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
PI: James Temple

High Power CubeSat Control Sub-system (HpoCCS)
Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates, LLC
Boulder, CO
PI: Dr. Marcin Pilinski

1mN Electrospray Thruster with Safe Passive Propellant Delivery
Busek Company, Inc.
Natick, MA
PI: Nathaniel Demmons

200W Deep Space CubeSat Composite Beam Roll-Up Solar Array (COBRA)
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
Lafayette, CO
PI: Dana Turse

Monofilament Vaporization Propulsion (MVP) System
CU Aerospace, LLC
Champaign, IL
PI: Curtis Woodruff

Ka-Band Klystron Amplifier for CUBESATs
e beam, Inc.
Beaverton, OR
PI: Mr. Bernard K. Vancil

Ultracapacitor Based Power Supply for CubeSats
FastCAP Systems Corporation
Boston, MA
PI: Joseph Lane

Pump-Fed, Compact, High Performance Green Propulsion System for Secondary Payloads
Flight Works, Inc.
Irvine, CA
PI: Nadim R Eid

Low Cost, Pump-fed, Non-Catalytic Thruster for Secondary Payload Green Propulsion
Flight Works, Inc.
Irvine, CA
PI: Nadim R Eid

Ka-Band Electronically Steered CubeSat Antenna
Kymeta Government Solutions
Redmond, WA
PI: Margaret R. Godon

Simulating CubeSat Structure Deployment Dynamics
MotionPort, LLC
Saint George, UT
PI: Dr. Brant A. Ross

Green Monopropellant Propulsion for Small Spacecrafts
Plasma Processes, LLC
Huntsville, AL 35811 – 1558
PI: Dr. Anatoliy Shchetkovskiy

Lightweight Flexible Thermal Energy Management Panels for CubeSats
ROCCOR, LLC
Louisville, CO
PI: Dr. Diego Arias

Bonding and Analysis of Composite TRAC Booms for NASA Science Missions
ROCCOR, LLC
Louisville, CO
PI: Tom Murphey

High Performance TRAC Boom for Solar Sails
ROCCOR, LLC
Louisville, CO
PI: Tom Murphey

Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for High Performance Combustion Chambers
TGV Rockets, Inc.
Washiington, DC
PI: Dr. Earl W. Renaud

Arcsecond Pointing Stability on a CubeSat Platform
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.
Irvine, CA
PI: Mr. Solomon Westerman

High Performance Configurable Electrical Power System for LEO Missions
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.
Irvine, CO
PI: John Abel