The proposed 28 VDC hybrid aerospace graded ultracapacitor/battery module will be designed to power critical components needed for long duration terrestrial and planetary balloons. This innovative design will ensure available energy for more than 12 continuous hours using a lithium ion high energy density rechargeable battery (>200Wh/kg), and guaranteeing power delivery in the range of 100-1000 watts with the ultracapacitor pack. Phase II will focus on collaboration with an aerospace rated battery supplier (i.e. EaglePicher/Yardney) that has designed and produced high energy density batteries for previous space missions. We have received a letter of support from EaglePicher indicating a possible partnership leading to customized design work and testing validations specific to NASA requirements. Inclusion of a high power density ultracapacitor module working in parallel with a high energy battery pack will provide a considerable overall weight and volume reduction for the energy storage system with improved performance. NASA Potential applications include: Terrestrial and Planetary Balloons, specifically: * Long Duration Ballon/Ultra Long Duration Balloon Missions (LDB/ULDB) * Extra-terrestrial Balloon Missions (Venus In-Situ Explorer (VISE) and Titan Exploration) * Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) * Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) * Super Pressure Balloon (SPB)
FastCAP has been engaged in business discussions over the past two years with several aerospace companies that design and manufacture flight systems, satellites, launch vehicles and spacecraft that use advanced information and communication systems. All of these applications require energy management systems. The Boeing Company and EaglePicher have submitted letters of support in conjunction with FastCAP's proposal, which we have attached in supporting documentation. Other relevant aerospace companies that showed interest to the proposed high power high energy power storage are Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon. From this list, EaglePicher is the preferred partner during Phase II and III of FastCAP's proposal since they currently offer advance aerospace graded batteries. Other possible commercial applications are related to pulsed power, point of load power buffering, and load conditioning, including: satellites, planetary/asteroids missions, launch vehicles, high altitude UAVs, peak power harvester for solar arrays, electric propulsion systems, landers and rovers, and deep space mission.