Mars Settlement Design
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Prospective Projects
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- Mars Greenhouse Materials
- FMARS 2009 Expedition

4Frontiers is pursuing funding for a number of research efforts, including those listed below:

Feasibility Analysis of a Suborbital Launch System Using a L39 Albatros Aircraft
  • 2010 Florida Space Research Program proposal (a program sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, Space Florida and the University of Central Florida).
  • 4Frontiers partnered with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Aurora Aerospace to submit this proposal.
  • Abstract:
Demand for suborbital launch capability is expected to grow significantly and hundreds of scientists, educators and students will be flying payloads into space. (Examples: NASA's new $75M Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program and Southwest Research Intitute's new $1M Suborbital Science Payloads program).
While five commercial space companies are currently building suborbital launch capabilities, all of their systems are complex and require large initial investments. This research investigates a flexible, inexpensive launch platform that involves the combination of an L39 Albatros Aircraft and a 500 kg suborbital sounding rocket. The composite launch system is intended to use COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) equipment with only limited modifications.
This project is a collaborative effort between 4Frontiers Corporation, Aurora Aerospace, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). 4Frontiers will perfor an initial market analysis that the team will use to develop a mission profile. ERAU will develop sounding rocket criteria and payload integration approach, while Aurora will develop the concept for L39 integration. ERAU will also develop the recovery system (concept and process) for both rocket and payload. The team will obtain budget estimates for the developed mission and elements that 4Frontiers will use to create a cost model, final report, and business case (as appropriate).
  • Status: Awaiting announcement of grant recipients.

Continuing Studies of Materials Degradation Under Simulated Mars Surface Conditions
  • 2010 Florida Space Research Program proposal (a program sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, Space Florida and the University of Central Florida).
  • 4Frontiers partnered with the University of Florida Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineeering to submit this proposal.
  • Abstract:
Transparent greenhouses have been proposed for manned Mars missions. However, stress performance of transparent materials under surface conditions specific to Mars is not well understood. Information is needed on the degration of prospective materials under temperatures, pressures and insolation found in that environment. This information will aid material selection for future Mars greenhouse applications.
The proposed research would expand the Mars Materials Performance Database (MMPD) begun under a previous FSGC award. That research established the experimental apparatus and testing methods needed to conduct the current research, and obtained performance data on a small selection of commonly used transparent polymers. The current research will examine five new polymer materials, each having characteristics suggestive of improved performance over previously tested samples. Transmissivity of PAR (photosyntheticaly active radiation), permeability to O2 and H2O and tensile strength will be measured before and after exposure.
This proposal leverages presently underutilized competencies in the State of Florida including equipment, lab space, manpower, experience and knowledge at the University of Florida and Kennedy Space Center. 4Frontiers Corporation intends to involve several undergraduate students, contributing to their continued education. This research addresses a critical item on the technology roadmap of 4Frontiers, and will facilitate future collaboration.
  • Status: Awaiting announcement of grant recipients.

Dodecahedral Camera Navigation System (DCNS) and Communications System for High-Definition Lunar Exploration
  • 2010 Florida Space Research Program proposal (a program sponsored by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, Space Florida and the University of Central Florida).
  • Earthrise Space, Inc. partnered with 4Frontiers Corporation to submit this proposal.
  • Abstract:
Earthrise Space, Inc. (ESI) proposes to develop a dodecahedral camera navigation system (DCNS) for high definition lunar exploration, integrated with an X-band communications system compatible with the Deep Space Network (DSN). 4Frontiers Corporation (4FC), Unviersity of Central Florida (UCF), and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are providing manpower and use of their facilities. The navigation system, utilizing 11 independent cameras, will be integrated with the prototype lunar rover of the Omega Envoy Project, a team participating in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP). UCF will assist the team in integrating communications platforms with both the rover and lunar lander.
Once assembled, the system will be tested in Orlando, FL before being delivered to 4Frontiers for transport to Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic. 4Frontiers is participating in the 2011 expedition to the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), and has agreed to deploy and assist with testing the systems constructed under this proposal on Devon Island. The dodecahedral navigation system will transmit signals from the rover to the communications platform on the lunar lander, which will send encrypted data via X-band to a satellite. The satellite will relay the data to ESI, validating the system design and providing valuable operational experience.
  • Status: Awaiting announcement of grant recipients.

Orthostatic Recovery via Centrifuge Based Hypergravity Exposure
  • SBIR Phase I research proposal
  • 4Frontiers partnered with researchers at the University of California at Irvine on proposed research to investigate use of the Space Cycle (a human-powered short-arm centrifuge device) as a treatment for a medical condition known as Orthostatic Intolerance.
  • Received Phase 0 funding ($3,000) from the State of Florida through Enterprise Florida, Inc. to offset proposal writing costs.
  • Submitted Phase I proposal to the National Institute of Health (NIH) on 4/17/2008
  • Status: Reviewers provided feedback. 4Frontiers is seeking funding opportunities for this research.

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