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NASA is working to develop carbon nanotube technology

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded a contract to Nanocomp Technologies Inc. of Merrimack, New Hampshire

NASA has awarded a contract to Nanocomp Technologies Inc. of Merrimack, New Hampshire, for the continued development of high strength carbon nanotube (CNT) material.

The firm-fixed-price contract allows for the continued improvement of manufacturing high-strength CNT yarn/tape for use in developing CNT composites with strength properties at least double that of carbon fiber composites in use today. The contract also provides for studying commercialization objectives for CNT material as well as expanding manufacturing capabilities to lower production costs of high strength CNT yarn.

The contract is a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award funded by NASA’s Game Changing Development program. The period of performance began Sept. 26 2018, with a 15-month base period followed by a 17-month option for ongoing development. The potential value for the combined base and option period is $8.1 million.

The overall project is managed by the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch in the Research Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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