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Lead CenterProposal Title
GRC Low-Density Turbine Blade Superalloys For Improved Engine Performance and Reduced Emissions
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Fundamental Aeronautics, Subsonic: Fixed Wing (SFW) Program
  Technology Focus Area: Development of technologies for improving performance and reducing emissions for subsonic aircraft
  Measurable Benefits: 1) Advances TRL from 3 to 5; 2) Provides near-term commercialization of NASA technology that is consistent with SFW goals; 3) Accelerates path to additional benefits through a new concept for a low-density single crystal/powder metallurgy turbine disk, to be initiated in FY08 in SFW. This is enabling for NASA's growing interest in blended-wing-body aircraft and is critical to AirForce long range strike aircraft.
ARC Advanced Thermal Protection Systems For Hypersonic Flight In Air and Planetary Atmosphere
  Program/Project(s) Supported: ESMD Orion Block III Mars-return vehicle, future SMD missions Mars Astrobiology Laboratory, Mars Sample return, and Saturn Multiprobe
  Technology Focus Area: Advanced TPS materials for hypersonics
  Measurable Benefits: Robust ablative TPS with greatly improved thermomechanical properties and reduced mass when compared to current TPS solutions (for example, carbon phenolic)
GRC Development and Validation of Foam - Metal Acoustic Liner For Attenuation of Turbofan Engine Noise
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Fundamental Aeronautics/Subsonic Fixed Wing
  Technology Focus Area: Developing technologies for reducing noise for subsonic aircraft. Developing physics based analysis and design tools.
  Measurable Benefits: 3 db Engine Noise Reduction with less than 1/2% change in specific fuel comsumption
LaRC Multifunctional Nanocomposites for Aerospace Applications
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Subsonic Fixed Wing/ARMD-1Q, Structures, Materials, Mechanisms/ETDP
  Technology Focus Area: Fundamental Aeronautics, Subsonic Fixed Wing and Structures, Materials and Mechanisms, ETDP
  Measurable Benefits: 1) Intrinsic multifunctionality in nanocomposites defined as simultaneous improvements in modulus of 50%, conductivity of 10, and two fold increase in permeability barrier properties. 2) By the endo of this program Vorbeck would enter into product prototyping relationships with some of their existing corporate partners on these systems.
LaRC Carbon Nanotube Yarn Multifunctional Sensors In Composite Structures
  Non-parasitic multifunctional sensors in composite structures
  Measurable Benefits: Light weight and non-parasitic multifunctional sensing capability in composite structures that are applicable to aeronautical and aerospace vehicles and space structures
GRC Demonstration of Polymer Cross-Linked Aerogel Blanket Insulation
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Fundamental Aeronautics
  Technology Focus Area: Subsonic Fixed Wing
  Measurable Benefits: Improved acoustic insulation and ballistic impact resistance supporting the Subsonic Fixed Wing (SFW) Program; Improved insulation for EVA suits, cryogenic transfer lines and storage on launch pads and in future spacecraft in support ESMD programs in Structures, Materials and Mechanisms, Crew support and accomodations.
DFRC Distributed Aerodynamic Sensing and Processing (DASP) Toolbox
MSFC High Temperature Materials For Lunar Lander Engine
  Program/Project(s) Supported: PCAD & LLPO, Lunar Lander propellant decision in early 2009 & Key Lander Technologies
  Technology Focus Area: ESMD (Propulsion and Cryogenics) - A Lunar Lander Risk Reduction Activity
  Measurable Benefits: Development and test completion will provide relevant data to NASA in support of the ESMD Constellation Program requirements.
JSC Safer Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Cells For Energy Storage
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Robotic Lunar, Short Lunar, Long Lunar
  Technology Focus Area: Power, Crew Support and Accommodations
  Measurable Benefits: Absence of fire and thermal runaway under abusive conditions; significant weight reduction due to less complex protective electronics in battery module
GRC Generalizing Moon Tire Technology
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Human-Robotic Systems
  Technology Focus Area: 1) Robotics and Operations / Surface Mobility Systems, 2) Structures, Materials, and Mechanisms / Low Temperature, Mechanisms
  Measurable Benefits: Absence of fire and thermal runaway under abusive conditions; significant weight reduction due to less complex protective electronics in battery module
JPL Low-Temperature, Long-Life, Compliant Wheels For The Lunar Surface and Beyond
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Exploration Technology Development Program
  Technology Focus Area: Structures, Materials, and Mechanisms, Robotics and Operations
  Measurable Benefits: 1000km+ endurance in Lunar Analog Terrain, 1000km+ endurance in Lunar Thermal Environment (-230°C-+120°C), Wheel compliance & impact resistance (10cm obstacle @ 10kph), Lower Rolling Resistance, Uniformity of Contact Pressure
JPL Advanced High-Pressure Electrolysis System Development For NASA's Explorations Systems Program
  Program/Project(s) Supported: ETDP/Energy Storage Project, TRL 5 Regenerative Fuel Cell Demonstration, TRL 6 energy storage system by 2014, in anticipation of lunar deployment
  Technology Focus Area: Power, Regenerative Fuel Cells
  Measurable Benefits: High Efficiency, high pressure electrolyzer suitable for regenerative fuel cell with > 500 Wh/kg energy storage and will be five times lighter than advanced batteries
JSC Cold Hardware Ignition Demonstration Of Liquid Oxygen-Liquid Methane For Reaction Control and Main Propulsion Engines
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Constellation, Lunar Lander
  Technology Focus Area: Propulsion and Cryogenics
  Measurable Benefits: Direct benefit to Lunar Lander Project by reducing the risk of technology acceptance through capability demonstration and hardware optimization. Direct, long-term, benefit to NASA by developing a competitive reaction control and main engine vendor as a viable contendor for future NASA and Air Force contracts. Direct benefit to the PCAD Project by providing hardware with variable inlet and combustion geometry to ensure the challenge of proving reliable ignition at all feasible operational conditions is exceeded.
GRC Lunar Regolith Excavation, Handling and Processing Technology Development and Demonstrations For Outpost Operations
  Program/Project(s) Supported: ISRU oxygen production PDR for precursos demo
  Technology Focus Area: ISRU: regolith excavation and material handling
  Measurable Benefits: ISRU excavation technologies demonstrated in lunar-like environments support incorporation of ISRU in mission critical roles thereby saving metric tons of consumable materials transported to the moon on an annual basis
JSC Flight Demonstration Of A Lander Using Lox/Methane
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Data is needed by SRR for lander propulsion
  Technology Focus Area: Propulsion and Cryogenics
  Measurable Benefits: Lox/Methane provides higher lander performance (500 to 1600 lbms) payload to surface, LOx provides capability for future In-situ propellant usage, LOx based system are ECLSS and power compatible. Lox/methane technology is applicable to commercial ETO spacecraft
MSFC Advanced Deep Throttling Turbine Bypass Valve
  Program/Project(s) Supported: SAMS-Exploration Advanced Capabilities Office, Lander Project Office, MSFC's IR&D Project LLDET
  Technology Focus Area: Advancing Technology for the Lunar Lander Descent Engine (LLDE)
  Measurable Benefits: Risk mitigation and technology development for one of the LLDE's critical components. Investing now to mitigate the risks associated with this valve result in schedule and budget savings during the full scale development (FSD) of the flight engine.
KSC Development Of A Deployable Sun Shield To Support Long Duration In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Any Program/Project requiring space-based croyogenic storage. Any Program/Project requiring space-based deployable structures.
  Technology Focus Area: Structures, Materials, Mechanisms
  Measurable Benefits: Development of sun shield expands upper stage transportation capabilities, enables space and lunar based cryogenic storage, enables space, lunar, and Martian deployable structures.
GSFC Extremely High-Performance, Ultra-Low Power, Radiation-Tolerant Processor: An Enabling Technology For Autonomous and Computationally Intensive Capabilities
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Radiation Hardened Electronics for Space Environments (RHESE) Project; ALHAT
  Technology Focus Area: Avionics & Software
  Measurable Benefits: Performance and power efficiency significantly superior to state-of-the-art spaceflight processors to enable or enhance deployment of critical autonomous and computationally intensive onboard capabilities
JSC Multi-Terrain Loader Remotely Supervised Leveling For Lunar Construction Development
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Supports the Exploration Techology Development Program (ETDP), Human Robot Systems.
  Technology Focus Area: Lunar Construction - Civil engineering, regolith excavation, and material handling. Robotics - Advanced robotic systems for lunar outpost assembly and maintenance, surface mobility systems, and human-system interaction.
  Measurable Benefits: This project will help NASA develop ISRU and surface handling equipment control and hardware requirements and human-system interaction processes for time-delayed operations
KSC Addition Of Electrodynamic and Mechanical Forces To Dem Software
  Program/Project(s) Supported: ETDP/Protection - Dust Mitigation, ETDP/ISRU - Excavation, Traction, & Material Flow
  Technology Focus Area: Computer modeling of soils and planetary regoliths using advanced electrodynamics and mechanics input to the DEM software
  Measurable Benefits: Earth-based simulation is cost effective over in-situ testing
SSC Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) Implementation and Validation For A-1 Test Stand and J-2x Power Pack
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Supports J-2X testing on the Constellation ARES Program
  Technology Focus Area: Avionics & Software—ISHM
  Measurable Benefits: Safer, less costly, timely, more effective test program for the J-2X engine.
GRC Human-Rated Space Power Systems Pallet Demonstrating Fuel Cells, Lithium-Ion Batteries and Advanced Thermal Management Technologies
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Multiple lunar surface missions
  Technology Focus Area: Energy Storage and Thermal Management
  Measurable Benefits: Provides valuable system integration experience, provides design and basis for in-space demonstration of critical technology elements, raises TRL of component technologies that are required for lunar surface operations
KSC Lunar Analog Field Demonstration of ISRU and HRS
  Program/Project(s) Supported: ETDP/ ISRU & HRS
  Technology Focus Area: Oxygen Production for Regolith, Robotic Mobility Systems, Resource Prospecting
  Measurable Benefits: Provides a lunar analog test site for all NASA technology projects without burdening NASA with the infrastructure costs; Improved interface between two interdependent technology programs, and a significant step forward in the Technology Readiness

Lead CenterProposal Title
SSC Glass Bubble Insulation For Cryogenic Tanks: A Field Demonstration
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Constellation Pad Activation, Rocket Propulsion Test Program
  Technology Focus Area: Space Transportation: Propellant Storage and Transfer - Reduced ground ops cost, operational effective propellant storage
  Measurable Benefits: The thermal performance of glass bubbles has been shown to be 30% better than perlite. The ROI is 2-10 years and is highly dependent on the baseline performance of the original perlite.
JSC Lunar Habitat Wireless Testbed
  Program/Project(s) Supported: 1) IPP partnerships with universities to advance TRL of strategic technologies; 2) IPP partnerships to facilitate transition of STTR Phase I/II contracts to Phase III for maturation & insertion into NASA missions (via current GRC Phase II STTR)
  Technology Focus Area: SOMD / ESMD / SMD (1) SOMD: Technologies that enable innovative use of operational assets (CGBA-4, CGBA-5 onboard ISS) for flight testing of development hardware and software; (2) SOMD: Reprogrammable communications systems, alignment with Space Communications and Navigation Architecture (SCAWG); 3) ESMD: Habitability systems, crew healthcare systems, environmental monitoring & control, smart telemetry systems, integrated systems health management, IVHM; 4) SMD: Intelligent distributed systems that enable advanced communications, efficient data processing & transfer, autonomous operations of space-based assets.
  Measurable Benefits: 1) Provides for the integration of independent vendor RFID and ZigBee products in a standards-based system, promoting interoperability and reducing risk for the Lunar Habitat; 2) Deploys a flexible, extensible common application framework for information mgmt (e.g., integrate Wi-Fi and WiMax for follow-on); 3) ISS payload BioNet/CGBA-5 to interface with RFID sensors (JSC-EV DTO) provides:(a) Device interface and ISS-to-ground communications (substantial cost reduction); 2) Mature in-place platform to advance the TRL level of Habitat wireless data systems; c) Operation in a relevant operational environment - both space and ground systems 4) Provision of C3I compliant implementation for Constellation interoperability testing for future while providing communciations support for legacy devices to protect current installation base and investments.
GSFC Integrating Space Weather Model and Event Data Into Decision Support Systems To Ensure Exploration Safety and Mission Success
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Constellation Program Mission Operations Project
  Technology Focus Area: Space Operation
  Measurable Benefits: First step in fulfilling needs to insure Crew Safety for Constellation
KSC The Development and Rapid Assessment Of A Smart, Environmentally Friendly Coating
  Program/Project(s) Supported: CXP-GOP & ETDP FY08
  Technology Focus Area: Space Transportation; Corrosion Protection
  Measurable Benefits: Paint system for corrosion control and mitigation increases lifetime, effectiveness, and performance of launch and ground support equipment, and reduces life cycle costs in ground systems by reducing corrosion failures; Rapid prediction of long-term field performance of coated substrates offers early identification of coatings for inclusion in the NASA Coatings Standard.
KSC Liquid To Gaseous Helium Pump Skid
Lead CenterProposal Title
ARC Demonstration Of Precise Wavefront Control For Space Optics With A Mems Deformable Mirror
  Program/Project(s) Supported: TPF-C, JDEM, LUVO, and Life Finder
  Technology Focus Area: New Remote Sensing Technologies / Large, Lower Cost Lightweight Mirrors
  Measurable Benefits: 1) Diffraction-limited performance benefits nearly all space optical systems 2) Provides extrely low wavefront error needed to detect Earth-like planets near bright stars 3) Minimizes cost and mass for space observator
ARC Ice-Ax: ISRU Characterization Experiment - Astrobiology Explorer
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Astrobiology Field Laboratory, Mars Scout mission proposal
  Technology Focus Area: New Remote Sensing Tech
  Measurable Benefits: Accelerated development of low mass,robotic drill with down-hole inspection. Enables search for subsurface water and potential evidence for life. Enables discovery of accessible in situ resources for future missions. Leverages prior NASA investments. ROI potential large due to lower cost payload/lander/accomodations approach than existing technology
GSFC Mission Enabling, Lightweight, Ultra Bandwidth Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) For Characterization Of The Interior Of Planetary Bodies
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Discovery and New Frontiers missions, ERIN-WSS, NEO Program
  Technology Focus Area: New Remote Sensing Technologies
  Measurable Benefits: Will make possible new paradigm-shifting measurements for understanding the assembly and evolution of small planetary bodies such as asteroids and cometary nuclei. Also has potential applications for subsurface planetary measurements on Presentation: 9/1/08Mars, the Moon, and even for Earth. Subsurface "imaging" radar technology will meet the needs of future planetary missions by being lightweight (<5 kg), compact (size <0.1 m^3) and having a step-frequency capability operating over a frequency band between 25-100 MHz (well-suited for multiple depths of sensitivity within the shallow interiors of primitive objects)
JPL Helium Superpressure Balloon Technology Validation Experiments
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Titan Flagship Mission Study in FY08; Venus New Frontiers and Discovery proposal opportunities in FY08/FY09; Mars Missions of Opportunity or Scout
  Technology Focus Area: Novel Platforms
  Measurable Benefits: We are seeking to provide a first use capability for NASA planetary balloons. The particular prototype to be tested in this IPP proposal is designed to fly a 5 kg payload in the Martian North Polar region for a 5 day mission. A key measurement in the IPP flight experiment is to verify that a 5 day flight is possible after aerial deployment and inflation.
JPL Risk Reduction Testing Of The Astromesh Reflector In Support Of Earth Science Missions
  Program/Project(s) Supported: SMAP, DESDynl and XOVWM will all benefit from having this task completed
  Technology Focus Area: New Remote Sensing Technologies & Large, Lower Cost, Lightweight Mirrors and Space-Deployable Structures
  Measurable Benefits: Risk reduction for top three Decadel Survey Missions: Project will validate whether a deployable mesh reflector can meet the very demanding passive pointing stability that is required by the SMAP, DESDynI and XOVWM instruments
ARC Small-Sat Technologies For Cost Effective Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Of The Environment
  Program/Project(s) Supported: HyspIRI mission: GEO-CAPE
  Technology Focus Area: Cost effective hyperspectral remote sensing technologies for small satellite applications
  Measurable Benefits: New sensor design and proven prototype, with cost/performance comparisons; new small-sat mission cost/performance data; new PhD's from 6 leading universities with critical small-sat competencies.
GSFC Replacing Multiple Fiber Amplifiers With One For Mapping Lidars Featuring Multiple Frequency-Doubled Beams
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Swath mapping Altimeter IIP/ESTO; National Lidar Mapping Initiative; Lidar Surface Topography mission
  Technology Focus Area: New Remote Sensing Technologies
  Measurable Benefits: Cost reduction up to 50%, Mass reduction up to 50%, Size reduction up to 50%, Decrease power consumption 10-15%
GSFC Spacewire Plug-and-Play Capable GPS Receiver
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) & Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS)
  Technology Focus Area: Intelligent Distributed Systems - that enable advanced communications, efficient data processing and transfer, and autonomous operations of land- and space-based assets
  Measurable Benefits: *GPS Navigator SpaceWire PnP Receiver development that can be used by GPM & MMS; as well as other future missions; *Reduce costs of avionics through reuse of PnP system; *Provide continued collaboration for other sensors & actuators; *Valuable insight into how NASA can standardize components up to the application layer
LaRC 2 Micron Risk Reduction Laser Transmitter For Airborne and Space-Based Doppler Wind Lidar
  Program/Project(s) Supported: Airborne coherent wind lidar demonstrator
  Technology Focus Area: Lidar based active remote sensing
  Measurable Benefits: LIfetime demostration of critical laser technology
Questions may be directed to Minoo Dastoor at minoo.n.dastoor@nasa.gov.