AEC-Able Engineering Company, Inc.

7200 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 16
Total Value of Awards $4.02MM
First Award Date 01/01/01
Most Recent Award Date 01/01/04

Key Personnel

Last Name Name Awards Contact
Heinemann Gary Heinemann 3 Message
Roberts Alex Roberts 9 Message
Spence Brian Spence 6 Message
Messner David Messner 1 Message
Witt Mark Witt 2 Message
Eskenazi Mike Eskenazi 3 Message
Gadsby Bill Gadsby 6 Message
Murphy Dave Murphy 1 Message

16 Awards Won

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-2
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04

The ABLE ESCA designs use flight proven materials/processes to create an ideal ESCA system that yields low cost, low mass, high reliability, high power density, and is adaptable to any cell type, coverglass thickness, and panel contour. The successfully completed Phase 1 program has proven concept feasibility for two ABLE ESCA designs (baseline ...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-2
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04

The Stretched Lens Array SquareRigger (SLA-SR) solar array is based on the combination of two cutting edge technologies, the SquareRigger solar array structure and the SLA optics/PV-blanket assembly. The combined SLA-SR system produces an extremely lightweight (>330 W/kg BOL near term and 500 W/kg BOL mid term), high efficiency, high power (10kW...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 04-2
Budget: 01/01/04 - 12/31/04

Second-order Augmentation of Lattice Trusses (SALT) is a unique configuration that promises to alleviate many constraints on the design of large deployable space structures, enabling more mass and packaging-efficient structures due to the effect of multi-tiered (higher-order structural hierarchy) latticing. In the Phase I SBIR study, ABLE Engine...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 03-1
Budget: 01/01/03 - 12/31/03

ABLE?s Phase 1 proposal objective is to engineer a perfect electrostatic clean solar array (ESCA) based on an innovative design solution, as presented herein, and ready this technology for commercialization and use on the NASA MMS and GED missions. ABLE?s ESCA design uses flight proven materials/processes to create a perfect ESCA system that yie...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 03-1
Budget: 01/01/03 - 12/31/03

The proposed innovative solar array is based on combining two cutting edge technologies, the SquareRigger solar array structure and the Stretched Lens Array (SLA), to produce an extremely lightweight, high efficiency, high power, high voltage and low stowed volume solar array suitable for very high power applications. This solar array uses Squar...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 03-1
Budget: 01/01/03 - 12/31/03

The success of SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) illustrates the utility of radar interferometry from space. The intent of the proposed work is to develop system capability to deploy a one-kilometer baseline radar interferometer launched in a single mission from a standard launch vehicle. This system is enabled by on a novel deployable str...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 02-2
Budget: 01/01/02 - 12/31/02

AEC-Able Engineering Co., Inc. (ABLE) has invented a method for inclusion of elastic shape memory composite (EMC) elements in a high-performance ultra-light deployable coilable truss (CT) with ultra-low stowed volume. The performance of the heritage ¿CoilABLE¿ mast system can be increased 100x in bending stiffness and 10,000x in strength, for an...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 02-1
Budget: 01/01/02 - 12/31/02

AEC-Able Engineering Co., Inc. (ABLE) has invented a method for inclusion of elastic shape memory composite (EMC) elements in a high-performance ultra-light deployable coilable truss (CT) with ultra-low stowed volume. The performance of the heritage ¿CoilABLE¿ mast system can be increased 100x in bending stiffness and 10,000x in strength, for an...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 02-2
Budget: 01/01/02 - 12/31/02

In SAR and radar interferometric altimeter instruments, the transmit / receiving antennas are separated as far apart as possible to increase resolution in the signal. This requires a stiff and dimensionally stable deployable mast to provide the necessary length between the two radar antennas. Deployable mast length is constrained by available st...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 02-1
Budget: 01/01/02 - 12/31/02

Thin film photovoltaics (PV) solar array systems offer significant mass and cost saving benefits for current and future space-flight missions. Much progress has been made in the development of thin film CIGS and amorphous silicon PV devices, however their integration into a solar array system has lagged. As these PV devices have evolved, ABLE ha...

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