NASA Selects 44 Proposals for SBIR Phase II Awards

NASA LOGOWASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Valued at about $30.7 million, these selections complement 39 Phase 2 proposals announced in November.

“These additional Phase 2 SBIR selections continue the successful legacy of the SBIR program to bring needed new technologies to NASA and the American marketplace,” said Michael J. Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Small businesses are the innovation incubators of the new global technology economy. These companies conduct the early stage research and development that enables future NASA missions in aeronautics, science, and exploration.”

NASA’s SBIR Program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support the agency’s technology needs. The program addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions and also strives to complement other NASA research investments.

In addition to meeting NASA’s needs, the Phase 2 proposals also provide innovative research in areas that have commercial applications.

For a complete list of selected companies, visit:

SBIR is a competitive, awards-based program that encourages U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development and bring new technologies to the global marketplace. It enables businesses to explore new technologies and potentially profit from development of new commercial products and services.

SBIR’s three-phase award system provides qualified small businesses, including those owned by women and the disadvantaged, with opportunities to propose unique ideas that meet specific research and development needs of the federal government.

Phase 1 is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Awards last as long as six months. The selected Phase 2 projects will expand on the results of Phase 1 projects selected last year, with as much as $700,000 to support research lasting as long as two years. Phase 3 is for the commercialization of the results of Phase 2 and requires the use of private sector or non-SBIR federal funding.

NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., manages the SBIR Program for the agency’s Space Technology Program. NASA’s 10 field centers manage individual projects.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing, and flying technology for use in NASA’s future missions and the greater aerospace community. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Program, visit:

2011 Phase II Additional Selections

Proposals Selected for Negotiation of Contracts


AdValue Photonics, Inc.
3708 East Columbia Street, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85714-3413
Shibin Jiang (520) 790-5468
11-2-S1.01-9199 LaRC
1.55 Micron High Peak Power Fiber Amplifier

AdValue Photonics, Inc.
3708 East Columbia Street, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85714-3413
Shibin Jiang (520) 790-5468
11-2-S1.01-9200 LaRC
Tunable Single Frequency 2.05 Micron Fiber Laser Using New Ho-Doped Fiber

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601-5688
Jon Zuo (717) 295-6061
11-2-X8.03-9866 GRC
Innovative High Temperature Heat Pipes for Spacecraft Nuclear Fission Systems

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1674
JoAnn Stettner (805) 966-3331
11-2-S5.01-8780 JPL
3D Flash LIDAR Space Laser

Area-I, Inc.
1590 North Roberts Road, Suite 203
Kennesaw, GA 30144-3636
Nicholas Alley (678) 594-5227
11-2-A1.15-9362 LaRC
Dynamically Scaled Modular Aircraft for Flight-Based Aviation Safety Research

Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
30 Forbes Road, Building B
Northborough, MA 01532-2501
Nancy Moroz (508) 691-1161
11-2-X10.01-9295 GRC
Thin Aerogel as a Spacer in Multi-Layer Insulation for Cryogenic Space Applications

ATA Engineering, Inc.
11995 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130-2566
Eric Blades (858) 480-2000
11-2-A2.03-9148 GRC
Deployable Engine Air-Brake for Drag Management Applications

Busek Company, Inc.
11 Tech Circle
Natick, MA 01760-1023
Judy Budny (508) 655-5565
11-2-X2.03-8838 GRC
Iodine Hall Thruster for Space Exploration

Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D
Lafayette, CO 80026-3359
Lori Bass (303) 664-0394
11-2-O2.04-8904 MSFC
Microcrack Resistant Matrix Materials for Out-of-Autoclave Processing of Composite Cryogenic Tanks

Creare, Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
James Barry (603) 643-3800
11-2-X3.04-9372 JSC
Water Recovery for Regenerative Life Support Systems

Deployable Space Systems, Inc.
75 Robin Hill, Building B2
Goleta, CA 93117-3108
Brian Spence (805) 693-1319
11-2-O3.03-8466 JSC
Cost-Effective ISS Space-Environment Technology Validation of Advanced Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA)

Dynamic Structures and Materials, LLC
144 SE Parkway Court, Suite 160
Franklin, TN 37064-1307
Jennifer Sturgis (615) 595-6665
11-2-X10.01-8575 JSC
Reliable Actuator for Cryo Propellant Fluid Control

EM Photonics, Inc.
51 East Main Street, Suite 203
Newark, DE 19711-4685
Eric Kelmelis (302) 456-9003
11-2-A4.02-8060 DFRC
Advanced Long-Range Video Capabilities Using Speckle Imaging Techniques

Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303
Greenbelt, MD 20770-1405
David Gaylor (301) 345-1535
11-2-O4.02-8761 GSFC
TASS-Enhanced Near Earth Navigation System

Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
389 Haines Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814-1841
John Garvey (562) 498-2984
11-2-O2.01-8344 KSC
Alternative Hydrocarbon Propulsion for Nano / Micro Launch Vehicle

GeoVisual Technologies, Inc.
1525 Spruce Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80302-4257
Jeffrey Orrey (303) 955-1575
11-2-S6.02-8836 SSC
Automated Semantic Enrichment for Data Discovery and Decision Support

Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-1311
Anthony Vaccaro (781) 529-0500
11-2-O3.03-9856 JSC
Dead-Ended Passive Electrolyzer with Elimination of Vapor/Liquid Separation for Life Support Oxygen

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 West 237th Street
Torrance, CA 90505-5217
Reuben Sandler (424) 263-6300
11-2-X13.01-9228 ARC
Cell Phone-based Lateral Flow Assay for Blood Biomarker Detection

International Scientific Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 757
Dublin, VA 24084-0757
Wanda Gibson (540) 633-1424
11-2-O3.04-8031 SSC
Polyoxometalate and Zirconium-Phosphate Conversion Coating for Steel Piping

Leaping Catch, LLC
379 Cheney Highway, #223
Titusville, FL 32780-7272
Sandra Clements (321) 698-2593
11-2-X2.01-8250 MSFC
Seeing Sound – Image Analysis of the Lift-off Acoustic Field

Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973-9064
Darby Makel, PhD (530) 895-2770
11-2-S1.09-8483 GRC
Harsh Environment Gas Sensor Array for Venus Atmospheric Measurements

Maryland Aerospace, Inc.
2138 Priest Bridge Court, Suite 3
Crofton, MD 21114-2463
Steve Fujikawa (410) 451-2505
11-2-S3.06-9905 GSFC
Integrated CubeSat ADACS with Reaction Wheels and Star Tracker

Mosaic ATM, Inc.
801 Sycolin Road, Suite 306
Leesburg, VA 20175-5685
Chris Stevenson (800) 405-8576
11-2-A5.01-9500 DFRC
Rapid Automated Mission Planning System

Munro and Associates, Inc.
1749 Northwood
Troy, MI 48084-5524
Brian McCloskey (248) 362-5110
11-2-A3.01-8478 LaRC
An ADS-B derived ATC linked ER System for NextGen Safety

Nanolab, Inc.
179 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451-1063
David Carnahan (781) 609-2722
11-2-S2.02-8177 JPL
Nanostructured Super-Black Optical Materials

Nitronex Corporation
2305 Presidential Drive
Durham, NC 27703-8039
Neil Craig (919) 807-9100
11-2-O1.05-9304 JPL
X-Band GaN Power Amplifiers for Long Range Space RF Telecommunications

NxGen Electronics, Inc.
9771 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92124-1300
Ron Casten (858) 430-1130
11-2-S1.02-9217 JPL
Low-Cost Beamforming SiGe MMIC Receivers at mm-Wave

Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240
Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
Victor Cheng (650) 559-8585
11-2-A3.01-8393 ARC
Novel Surveillance Technologies for Airport Ramp Area Operations

PC Krause and Associates, Inc.
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1075
Davida Parks (765) 464-8997
11-2-S3.05-8573 GRC
Simulation Environment for Power Management and Distribution Development

Photon Systems, Inc.
1512 Industrial Park Street
Covina, CA 91722-3417
William Hug (626) 967-6431
11-2-S1.09-9466 JPL
Ultra-Compact Optical Spectrometer for Organic Mapping, uCOSOM (microcosm)

Prime Photonics, LC
1116 South Main Street, Suite 200
Blacksburg, VA 24060-5548
Steve Poland (540) 961-2200
11-2-S1.06-8828 GSFC
Bulk Metallic Glass for Low Noise Fluxgate

Q-Peak, Inc.
135 South Road
Bedford, MA 01730-2307
B. David Green (781) 275-9535
11-2-A1.01-8718 LaRC
Low-Cost Lidar for Wake-Vortex and Other Hazard Detection

QmagiQ, LLC
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180
Nashua, NH 03063-4219
Mani Sundaram (603) 821-3092
11-2-S1.04-8604 GSFC
High Quantum Efficiency 1024×1024 Longwave Infrared SLS FPA and Camera

Qualtech Systems, Inc.
99 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108-7301
Sudipto Ghoshal (860) 257-8014
11-2-S6.05-8416 MSFC
Software Tools for Fault Management Technologies

Qualtech Systems, Inc.
99 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108-7301
Sudipto Ghoshal (860) 257-8014
11-2-X6.03-8772 ARC
Integrated System Health Management for Flexible Exploration

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699
Marisa Eva (617) 668-6801
11-2-S1.09-9261 MSFC
Next Generation Gamma/Neutron Detectors for Planetary Science

Space Micro, Inc.
10237 Flanders Court
San Diego, CA 92121-1526
David Strobel (858) 332-0700
11-2-S5.05-9055 JPL
Digitally Intensive DC-DC Converter for Extreme Space Environments

Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
1670 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 310
San Mateo, CA 94402-2513
Nate Henke (650) 931-2700
11-2-X14.01-9176 JSC
Serious Games for Team Training

Systems Technology, Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA 90250-7083
Thomas Myers (310) 679-2281
11-2-A2.04-8418 LaRC
Reduced Order Aeroservoelastic Models with Rigid Body Modes

TechnoScience Corporation
P.O. Box 60658
Palo Alto, CA 94306-0658
Jam Farhoomand (650) 838-9833
11-2-S1.04-9763 JPL
A Low Noise 64×64 Germanium Array for Far IR Astronomy

TRACLabs, Inc.
100 North East Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216-4727
David Kortenkamp (281) 461-7886
11-2-X7.02-8186 JSC
A Planning and Control Toolkit for Dual Arm Manipulation

UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609
Myrtle Creek, OR 97457-0102
John Aker (541) 863-2655
11-2- X3.02-9012 ARC
Advanced Microgravity Compatible, Integrated Laundry System

Xigen, LLC
11001 Sugarbush Terrace
Rockville, MD 20852-3240
Jason Geng (301) 637-6828
11-2-X4.03-9880 GRC
A Novel Hemispherical and Dynamic Camera for EVAs

Xiomas Technologies, LLC
1317 Skyway Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-8952
John Green (734) 646-6535
11-2-S1.08-8082 ARC
Thermal Mapping Airborne Simulator for Small Satellite Sensor