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2231348

Cooperative Agreement

Overview

Grant Description
SBIR Phase II: Portable Production Process for Icy Regoliths by Vapor Deposition - The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will enable research and development on simulated moon surface materials that resemble the icy regolith on the moon and other worlds by a large number of organizations that currently do not have access to such materials.

Making realistic icy regolith simulants is beyond the reach of most organizations because they are produced by replicating the natural formation processes, that is they are produced under conditions that approximate the environment within the ultra-cold, permanently-shadowed areas in the polar regions of the moon.

Utilizing the resource potential of icy regoliths is a key to an enduring human presence in space. Accurate simulants of these materials are necessary to develop the technologies for studying, prospecting, and utilizing this resource. Greater access to these simulants will increase academia/industry partnerships and allow more rapid technology development through higher fidelity testing.

This SBIR Phase II project provide a location-dependent, custom production method to produce icy regolith simulants in large enough quantities in locations where they are needed by students, researchers, and engineers. Currently, the difficulty and cost of making realistic icy regolith simulants is preventing the higher fidelity testing required to reduce the risk and facilitate the development of in situ extraction technologies for critical resources.

These simulants must be produced by re-creating the natural formation processes on the moon and other worlds as closely as possible under very controlled conditions. Icy simulants must be custom-made and can include hazardous gases so they are expensive and can only be produced slowly in small batches. Cryogenic shipment after production is expensive, difficult, and limited to small amounts.

This project will produce new equipment and methods of production that are portable. The solution will also make more realistic and complete icy regolith simulants in quantities large enough for effective research and development to take place. The equipment will be designed to be adaptable and have the capacity to make various physical forms of icy simulants with differing ingredients.

This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.
Awarding / Funding Agency
Place of Performance
Everett, Washington 98201-1500 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Related Opportunity
None
OFF Planet Research was awarded Cooperative Agreement 2231348 worth $996,708 from National Science Foundation in July 2023 with work to be completed primarily in Everett Washington United States. The grant has a duration of 2 years and was awarded through assistance program 47.084 NSF Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships.

SBIR Details

Research Type
SBIR Phase II
Title
SBIR Phase II:Portable Production Process for Icy Regoliths by Vapor Deposition
Abstract
The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will enable research and development on simulated moon surface materials that resemble the icy regolith on the Moon and other worlds by a large number of organizations that currently do not have access to such materials.Making realistic icy regolith simulants is beyond the reach of most organizations because they are produced by replicating the natural formation processes, that is they are produced under conditions that approximate the environment within the ultra-cold, permanently-shadowed areas in the polar regions of the Moon.Utilizing the resource potential of icy regoliths is a key to an enduring human presence in space.Accurate simulants of these materials are necessary to develop the technologies for studying, prospecting, and utilizing this resource.Greater access to these simulants will increase academia/industry partnerships and allow more rapid technology development through higher fidelity testing._x000D_ _x000D_ This SBIR Phase II project provide a location-dependent, custom production method to produce icy regolith simulants in large enough quantities in locations where they are needed by students, researchers, and engineers.Currently, the difficulty and cost of making realistic icy regolith simulants is preventing the higher fidelity testing required to reduce the risk and facilitate the development of in situ extraction technologies for critical resources. These simulants must be produced by re-creating the natural formation processes on the Moon and other worlds as closely as possible under very controlled conditions.Icy simulants must be custom-made and can include hazardous gases so they are expensive and can only be produced slowly in small batches.Cryogenic shipment after production is expensive, difficult, and limited to small amounts. This project will produce new equipment and methods of production that are portable.The solution will also make more realistic and complete icy regolith simulants in quantities large enough for effective research and development to take place.The equipment will be designed to be adaptable and have the capacity to make various physical forms of icy simulants with differing ingredients._x000D_ _x000D_ This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.
Topic Code
SP
Solicitation Number
NSF 22-552

Status
(Ongoing)

Last Modified 7/18/23

Period of Performance
7/15/23
Start Date
6/30/25
End Date
33.0% Complete

Funding Split
$996.7K
Federal Obligation
$0.0
Non-Federal Obligation
$996.7K
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 2231348

Additional Detail

Award ID FAIN
2231348
SAI Number
None
Award ID URI
SAI EXEMPT
Awardee Classifications
Small Business
Awarding Office
491503 TRANSLATIONAL IMPACTS
Funding Office
491503 TRANSLATIONAL IMPACTS
Awardee UEI
RM5MU3DKA9A5
Awardee CAGE
7SEW1
Performance District
02
Senators
Maria Cantwell
Patty Murray
Representative
Rick Larsen

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
Research and Related Activities, National Science Foundation (049-0100) General science and basic research Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $996,708 100%
Modified: 7/18/23