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NASA Selects U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer Projects for Further Development
Date: May 01, 2013
Author: Doug Messier
Source: Parabolic Arc ( click here to go to the source)

Featured firm in this article: Innovative Imaging & Research Corporation of Stennis Space Center, MS

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) -- NASA has selected 14 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue development of innovative technologies that are needed for future NASA missions and could become viable commercial products and services.

The Phase II selectees in NASA's Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program may enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total of approximately $9.8 million. High-tech firms in seven states submitted proposals in partnership with research institutions in nine states.

"As teams in our Small Business Technology Transfer Program move into their second phase of development, we'll see innovative concepts mature into viable technologies that can be incorporated into NASA's exploration plans and benefit our technology based economy," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington. "Through modest investments in technology development among American small business and research institution teams, we're planting the seed corn that will keep NASA leading the way forward in space exploration, and America leading the world in high-tech business enterprises."

Technologies selected for further development under Phase II will demonstrate the feasibility of new propellants for in-space propulsion, increased capabilities to perform autonomous robotic operations and in-situ robotic planetary analysis, and new methods for the manufacturing of advanced alloys.

The STTR Program uses a highly competitive, three-phase award system that provides collaborative opportunities between qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, and research institutions to address specific technology gaps in NASA's programs. Selected projects provide a foundation for future technology developments and are complementary to other NASA research investments.

Firms and research institutions that participated in Phase I of the STTR program submitted 38 Phase II proposals. Selection criteria included technical merit and innovation, Phase I results, value to NASA, commercial potential and company capabilities.

Phase I is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Phase II will expand on the results of last year's projects, with as much as $700,000 to support research for as long as two more years. Phase III is for the commercialization of the results of Phase II and requires private sector or non-STTR federal funding.

NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., manages the STTR Program with executive oversight by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA's field installations manage individual projects.

For a complete list of selected companies, visit:

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA's future missions. For more information about NASA's investment in space technology, visit

Applied NanoFemto Technologies, LLC
181 Stedmen Street, Unit #2
Lowell, MA 01851-5201
Jarrod Vaillancourt (978) 761-4293
University of Massachusetts -- Lowell
600 Suffolk Street, Second Floor
Lowell, MA 01854-2827
11-2-T4.01-9886 GSFC
Photonic Antenna Enhanced Middle Wave and Longwave Infrared Focal Plane Array with Low Noise and High Operating Temperature

Balcones Technologies, LLC
10532 Grand Oak Circle
Austin, TX 78750-3851
Joseph Beno (512) 924-2241
University of Texas -- Center for Electromechanics
P.O. Box 7726
Austin, TX 78713-7726
11-2-T3.01-9950 GRC
Canfield Joint -- Vibration Isolation System for High Precision Pointing

Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
75 Robin Hill, Building B2
Goleta, CA 93117-3108
Brian Spence (805) 693-1319
University of California, Santa Barbara
552 University Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0002
11-2-T3.01-9785 GRC
Materials and Structures Optimization / Process Development for the Mega-ROSA / ROSA Solar Array

Exquadrum, Inc.
12130 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301-2703
Glen Goede (760) 246-0279
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899-0000
11-2-T2.01-9811 DFRC
Hybrid Propulsion for Upper-Stage Boosters

Gordon Nelson and Associates
2283 Hamlet Drive
Melbourne, FL 32934-7609
Gordon Nelson (321) 255-1163
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
11-2-T7.03-9842 KSC
New Flexible FR Polyurethane Foams for Energy Absorption Applications

HJ Science & Technology, Inc.
187 Saratoga Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050-6657
Hong Jiao (408) 464-3873
University of Texas -- San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
11-2-T5.01-9938 JPL
Lab-on-a-Robot Platform for In-Situ Planetary Compositional Analysis

Innovative Imaging and Research Corporation
Building 1103, Suite 140C
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-0001
Mary Pagnutti (228) 688-2452
University of Houston Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058-1002
11-2-T10.02-9974 SSC
Energy Efficient LED Spectrally Matched Smart Lighting

Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
2363 Calle Del Mundo
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1008
Behzad Moslehi (408) 565-9004
The University of Alabama
301 Sparkman Drive, VBRH
Huntsville, AL 35899-0001
11-2-T4.01-9792 GSFC
Miniaurizable, High Performance, Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes for Small Satellites

Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, Inc.
664 NW Enterprise Drive, Suite 118
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986-2250
Bryant Walker (772) 343-7544
Mississippi State University
449 Hardy Road 133 Etheredge Hall P.O. Box 6156
Mississippi State, MS 39762-0001
11-2-T9.01-9977 MSFC
Closed-Loop Control of the Thermal Stir Welding Process to Enable Rapid Process / Part Qualification

Neurala, LLC
846 East 3rd Street
Boston, MA 02217-2359
Sean Lorenz (617) 256-0026
Trustees of Boston University
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-1300
11-2-T8.03-9888 LaRC
Adaptive Bio-inspired Navigation for Planetary Exploration

Sustainable Innovations, LLC
160 Oak Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033-2336
Trent Molter (860) 652-9690
The University of Connecticut
438 Whitney Road Ext. Unit 1133
Storrs, CT 06033-9018
11-2-T10.02-9782 SSC
Hydrogen-Based Energy Conservation System

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
John Wright (303) 422-7819
University of Colorado at Boulder
572 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0572
11-2-T6.01-9863 JSC
A Self-Regulating Freezable Heat Exchanger for Spacecraft

TRACLabs, Inc.
100 North East Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216-1234
David Kortenkamp (281) 461-7886
Brigham Young University
A-285 ASB
Provo, UT 84602-1231
11-2-T1.03-9922 ARC
Anytime Summarization for Remote Robot Operations

VectorNav Technologies, LLC
903 North Bowser Road, Suite 200
Richardson, TX 75081-2897
Jeremy Davis (512) 772-3615
Texas Engineering Experiment Station / Texas A&M University
3141 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-3141
11-2-T6.02-9880 JSC
Enabling Large-body Active Debris Removal