Load Responsive MLI: Thermal Insulation with High In-Atmosphere and On-Orbit Performance

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010

$600K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Quest Product Development Corporation
Arvada, CO 80004
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

Lightweight, high performance thermal insulation is critical to NASA's next generation Exploration spacecraft. Zero or low cryogenic propellant boiloff is required during extended missions and lengthy on-orbit times. Heat flow through multilayer insulation is usually the largest heat leak in cryogenic systems, so improvements are desirable. Load Responsive Multi-Layer Insulation (LRMLI) is an innovative new technology using micro-molded polymer dynamic spacers that provide high performance insulation both in-atmosphere and on-orbit.