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Definitive Contract - 80NSSC19C0113

OVERVIEW

Original Description
THE LIQUID SORPTION PUMP (LSP) IS A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR ACQUIRING CO2 FROM THE MARTIAN ATMOSPHERE FOR USE IN IN SITU RESOURCE UTILIZATION (ISRU) SYSTEMS. IN THE LSP, A SOLVENT, SUCH AS AN ALCOHOL, KETONE, OR ACETATE IS COOLED TO TEMPERATURES BELOW -100 C, WHERE IT BECOMES AN EFFECTIVE SOLVENT FOR MARS ATMOSPHERIC CO2. AFTER ABSORBING 5 PERCENT OR MORE BY MOLE CO2, THE SOLVENT IS PUMPED TO ANOTHER VESSEL WHERE IT IS HEATED TO 30 C, RELEASING THE CO2 AT PRESSURES OF MORE THAN 1 BAR. THE CLEAN WARM SOLVENT IS THEN SENT BACK TO THE ABSORPTION VESSEL, EXCHANGING HEAT WITH THE COLD ABSORPTION COLUMN EFFLUENT AS IT GOES. AFTER THE CLEAN SOLVENT IS COOLED TO NEAR THE DESIGN ABSORPTION TEMPERATURE IN THIS WAY, A MECHANICAL REFRIGERATOR IS USED TO ACHIEVE THE FINAL TEMPERATURE REDUCTION. ADVANTAGES OF THE LSP ARE THAT IT CAN OPERATE CONTINUOUSLY DAY OR NIGHT WITHOUT THE NEED FOR MECHANICAL VACUUM ROUGHING PUMPS, SOLID FREEZERS, OR LARGE SORPTION BEDS, REQUIRES LESS POWER THAN OTHER OPTIONS, IS READILY SCALABLE TO HIGH OUTPUTS, AND THAT IT STOPS ALL SULFUR, DUST, OR NON-CONDENSABLE GASES FROM REACHING THE ISRU REACTOR SYSTEM. IN THE PROPOSED SBIR PHASE 2, AN OPERATING PROTOFLIGHT LSP UNIT MEETING THE FULL-SCALE NASA CO2 ACQUISITION REQUIREMENT NEEDED TO SUPPORT WILL BE DEMONSTRATED AND ITS PERFORMANCE ASSESSED.
Awarding / Funding Agency
Place of Performance
Lakewood, CO 80215 USA
Pricing
Fixed Price
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II
Title
Liquid Sorption Pump
Abstract
The Liquid Sorption Pump (LSP) is a new technology for acquiring CO2 from the Martian atmosphere for use in In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) systems. In the LSP, a solvent, such as an alcohol, ketone, or acetate is cooled to temperatures below -100 C, where it becomes an effective solvent for Mars atmospheric CO2. After absorbing 5 percent or more by mole CO2, the solvent is pumped to another vessel where it is heated to 30 C, releasing the CO2 at pressures of more than 1 bar. The clean warm solvent is then sent back to the absorption vessel, exchanging heat with the cold absorption column effluent as it goes. After the clean solvent is cooled to near the design absorption temperature in this way, a mechanical refrigerator is used to achieve the final temperature reduction. Advantages of the LSP are that it can operate continuously day or night without the need for mechanical vacuum roughing pumps, solid freezers, or large sorption beds, requires less power than other options, is readily scalable to high outputs, and that it stops all sulfur, dust, or non-condensable gases from reaching the ISRU reactor system. In the proposed SBIR Phase 2, an operating protoflight LSP unit meeting the full-scale NASA CO2 acquisition requirement needed to support will be demonstrated and its performance assessed.
Topic Code
H1
Solicitation Number
SBIR_18_P2
Contact
Robert Zubrin
(303) 984-9346
zubrin@aol.com

STATUS
(Complete)

Period of Performance

6/26/19

Start Date

9/30/21

Current End Date

9/30/21

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations

$754.9K

Total Obligated

$754.9K

Current Award

$754.9K

Potential Award
100% Funded

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Definitive Contract

80NSSC19C0113

Subcontracts

-

Definitive Contract

80NSSC19C0113

Subs

-

ACTIVITY TIMELINE

SUBCONTRACT AWARDS

Opportunity Lifecycle

HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
500
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Commercial Item Procedures Not Used
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
None
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
michaelfabacher
Last Modified By
justin.b.prince@nasa.gov
Approved By
james.s.hibbs@nasa.gov
Awarding Office
80NSSC NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER
Funding Office
80NSSC NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
No
Labor Standards
No
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
No
Last Modified: 7/2/21


PIID: 80NSSC-19-C-0113