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For release: Oct. 20, 1995

Keith Henry
(804) 864-6120


NASA Selects Nine Phase I SBIR General Aviation Projects

NASA has announced the selection of nine research proposals for negotiation of Phase I general aviation-related contracts in the Agency's 1995 Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).

SBIR program objectives are to stimulate technological innovation in the United States by using small businesses, including minority and disadvantaged firms, to meet federal research and development needs and to encourage commercial applications of federally supported research innovations.

The NASA field centers and NASA Headquarters reviewed proposals for technical merit and feasibility and relevance to NASA research or technology requirements. The selected firms will be awarded fixed-price contracts valued up to $70,000 each to perform a six-month Phase I feasibility study.

Companies which successfully complete the Phase I activities are eligible to compete for Phase II selection the following year. The Phase II award allows for a two-year, fixed-price contract in the amount of $600,000.

In October 1992, the President signed legislation re-authorizing the SBIR program. As part of this new legislation, award authority was increased and greater emphasis has been placed on the development of commercial products and services.

General Aviation-related proposals selected for negotiation of SBIR Phase I projects:

(1) Mod Works Inc.
8250 Skylane Way
Punta Gorda, FL 33982
A pilot-centered flight display and training system for instrument flying

(2) Ross Engineering Co.
12505 Starkey Rd, Suite E
Largo, FL 34643
UHF air to ground voice/data link & disk based ADS network system

(3) Lightning Technologies Inc.
10 Downing Pkwy
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Enabling technology for protecting advanced GA cockpits against lightning and HIRF

(4) Global Aircraft Corp.
Box 850
Starkville, MS 39759-0850
Development of a novel GA propeller/cowl combination, or aero-cowl, to reduce cabin noise, enhance engine cooling & improve aerodynamic performance

(5) Seemann Composites Inc.
Box 3449
Gulfport, MS 39505
Low cost high quality composite fabrication for the GA industry

(6) Sorbent Technologies Corp.
1664 East Highland Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
A new combined noise and emissions control system for the general aviation industry

(7) Vision Micro Design Inc.
5501 East Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
A 3D moving map for GA cockpits

(8) Analytical Methods Inc.
2133-152nd Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
A method to predict separation delay on airfoils due to vortex generatiors

(9) Stoddard-Hamiton Air Inc.
18701 58th Ave NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Low cost RTM for large composite aircraft primary structure

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