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For release: Oct. 20, 1995

Keith Henry
(804) 864-6120

RELEASE NO. 95-104 (SPECIAL TO AOPA)


NASA Selects Seven General Aviation Small Business Projects

NASA has announced the selection of 7 general aviation research proposals for negotiation of Phase II contract awards in NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).

The contractors completed Phase I projects that have initiated in Program Year 1994.

SBIR goals are to stimulate technological innovation, increase the use of small business, including minority and disadvantaged firms, in meeting federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization of results of federally-funded research.

Phase I project objectives are to determine feasibility of research innovations meeting agency needs.

Phase II continues development of the most promising Phase I projects. Selection criteria include technical merit and innovation, Phase I results, value to NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities. Funding for Phase II contracts may be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period.

The SBIR program is managed by NASA's Office of Space Access and Technology, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Individual SBIR projects are managed by the NASA field centers.


General Aviation-related proposals selected for negotiation of SBIR Phase II contracts to be managed by the NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC), Cleveland, Ohio:

(1) The Rejen Company
Route 2, Box 394, Swall Meadows
Bishop, CA 93514
Jennie N. Ferrenberg; 619-387-2637
Regenerated engines for general aviation propulsion

(2) Visidyne, Inc.
10 Corporate Place, South Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Jack W. Carpenter; 617-273-2820
A lot-cost passive infrared sensor in the remote detection of ice

(3) Global Aircraft Corporation
P.O. Box 800
Starkville, MS 39759-0800
Wilbur O. Colom; 601-324-2800
Quasi-constant speed fixed-pitch composite propellers

(4) Dedicated Electronics, Inc.
96 Lane Road
Chester, NH 03036-4022
Dennis P. Glynn, III; 603-887-3161
Highly sensitive, low profile, microwave phase based icing detection system

(5) Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive
Manassas, VA 22111
Charles S. Preston; 703-369-3633
Single lever power control for general aviation and unmanned aircraft


Proposals to be managed by NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va:

(6) Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.
1845 Henry Avenue Fleming Field
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Mark Thomas; 612-457-7491
Low-cost, lightweight aircraft emergency recovery system

(7) Avirotech, Inc.
3301-A NE Cornell Road
Hillboro, OR 98124-6380
Mary T. Nolan; 503-648-7855
Innovative integrated cockpit display system for small aircraft

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