RELEASE NO. 99-073
NASA Langley grants innovative small business awards
NASA Langley has awarded
increased funding to 12 companies for small business projects as
part of the NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
The SBIR program is designed
to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector and to
strengthen the role of small business concerns in meeting federal
research and development needs. This program hopes to increase the
commercial application of these research results.
Langley awarded 12 of 103
proposals granted by the agency for continuing research in the
second phase of the program. Selection criteria for the proposals
included technical merit and innovation, Phase I results, value to
NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities. Each had
merit for further research in the second phase of the program where
they will receive a longer contract and more funding.
Langley's companies and
- Eikos, L.L.C.,
Low viscosity PETI-5 for RTM/RFI processing
- Global Aircraft Corp
A low-noise 3-blade composite propeller for general aviation
- Vision Micro Design Inc.
Low cost design & manufacturing of GA cockpit displays using
- JMSI, Inc.
Query-based post-processing and visualization of complex CFD data
using extracts and feature detection
- Analytical Services & Materials, Inc.
Unified process management system for computational fluid
- Coherent Technologies, Inc
Elevated operational temperature, passively-cooled laser diode
arrays for spaceborne sensors
- Q-Peak, Inc
A highly efficient diode-pumped laser
- TRS Ceramics, Inc
State College, Pa.
Single crystal piezoelectrics for cryogenic actuators
- k Technology Corp.
Fort Washington, Pa.
High conductivity flexible thermal strap
- Lasson Technologies, Inc
Pacific Palisades, Calf.
Improved laser ultrasonic receiver for nondestructive evaluation
of aerospace materials and structures
- Magnesensors, Inc
San Diego, Calf.
Quantitative nondestructive evaluation of aerostructures using new
high temperature SQUID sensors
- Triton Systems, Inc
A novel tear resistant technology for thin film membrane
Langley's 12 projects have a
total value of $7 million. The agency wide selected projects have a
total value of approximately $62 million and will be conducted by
90 small, high-technology firms in 27 states. The SBIR program
provides the opportunity for small businesses to submit proposals
in various research areas each year. In Phase I, companies whose
proposals are chosen in a NASA-wide selection process are awarded a
6-month contract to conduct initial research and feasibility
studies. At the end of this period, the companies submit a Phase II
proposal for up to two years of additional research and
development. Companies whose proposals are chosen in this NASA-wide
selection process are awarded a two-year contract to complete the
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