-FFD was awarded our 5th SBIR in 2018, to develop a low cost life support system for an EVA space suit, utilizing as many commercial-off-the-shelf parts as possible.
-goal to develop a low cost life support system for an EVA space suit
-utilizes as many commercial-off-the-shelf parts as possible
-focus on re-breather system
Flight Opportunities Program: FOP Suit 2017
-FOP Suit- Built for microgravity flight testing
-Highest fidelity IVA suit to date, including materials approvals from NASA and controlled documented processes
-Automatic pressure regulator and advanced ventilation system
-Completely original pressure garment and outer garment design, optimized for mobility, sizing, cost, and weight
Mechanical Counter Pressure Glove: 2016 RFP
- Experimental MCP glove project
- Included design, development, testing and validation of a functional MCP glove design to operate at +4.3 psid equivalent
- NASA IRB approved human testing in house at FFD by 4 NASA EC5 engineers
- Surface pressure sensing system measured real time compression on the hand
Space Act Agreement 2015
-First IVA suit: 2010, based on Nik’s prior designs dating to 2006
-8 iterations of the design, with increasingly complex and detailed materials, processes, and architecture
-NASA Space Act Agreement from 2015 supports development and implementation of a NASA-sanctioned Human Rating program, per their directive NPR 8705.2C
- FFD was awarded a competitive Space Act Agreement in 2015 to develop and implement a human rating program for our IVA space suit. The agreement allows NASA engineers to review and advise FFD's approach to human rating, and also supports relevant testing within NASA.
-The agreement is through NASA's Collaborations in Commercial Space Capabilities office; other awardees include SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and ATK.
Space Suit Gloves for Mars: 2015 SBIR
- High pressure +8 psi pressure garment
- Sizeable finger length
- Highly mobile and lightweight assembly
- DMLS titanium wrist and thumb gimbal joints
- DMLS titanium palm bar
- No-Seam formed fingertips with integral fingernails for shaping and comfort
- Outer garment thermal insulation including aerogel for Martian environment
- Advanced non-woven dyneema coated Vectran outer layer for light weight cut and chemical resistance
- Superfabic silicone palmar grip patches
Outer Garments: 2013 SBIR
-Unique, space-based radiation shielding layup of a Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment (TMG)
-Includes 5 elemental nanoparticle layers bonded to the mylar thermal insulation
-Multiple builds of TMG elements to optimize seam layout, assembly processes, and integration
Elbow/Shoulder Assembly : 2013 SBIR
- IVA and EVA configurations were delivered to NASA JSC in 2013
- Unique single layer bladder-restraint system allows for comfort in IVA and system redundancy in EVA
- 40+ iterations of arm joints, optimized for mobility, repeatability, and low - torque, have been completed
SBIR - Sppace Suit Glove with Metacarpal Joint 2011
- Our first contract with NASA was in 2011.
- This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract was for development of a knuckle joint in the glove and saw nearly a dozen iterations of our glove patterning, processes, and materials.
AGC - Astronaut Glove Competition - 2009
- In 2009, Nik Moiseev and Ted Southern as the team "Final Frontier Design" won second place in NASA's Astronaut Glove Competition by outperforming NASA's current Phase VI gloves under pressure in a variety of tests.
- In addition to a $100,000 prize, Nik and Ted were introduced to NASA space suit engineers and went on to form the company FFD.