NASA Invention of the Year: Solar-Powered Refrigeration System


Government Award Winner
Award Title:
Solar-Powered Refrigeration System
Lead NASA Center:
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Award Category:
Government
Case Number:
MSC-22970-1
Summary:
His refrigeration system uses solar power to drive a DC compressor in a conventional insulated case. It can function anywhere in the world without batteries or a power grid supply. It is in production for about $2700 per unit and is being used for vaccines and other medications in underdeveloped areas of the world.
Commercial Award Winner
Award Title:
Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reduced Oxidation Ceramic (TUFROC) Thermal Protection System
Lead NASA Center:
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Award Category:
Commercial
Case Number:
ARC-15201-1
Summary:
TUFROC raised the operating temperature for lightweight reusable thermal protection from 2000 to 3000 degrees. It was flown successfully on the X37B. It is a multi-part system and is comparable in cost to ablative thermal protection.
Honorable Mention
(alphabetically by NASA Center)
Spatial Standard Observer, Ames Research Center (ARC-14569-1)
Composite Case Armor, Glenn Research Center (LEW-17954-1)
Pivot 2.0: Radiation Hardened, Fast Acquisition/Weak Signal Tracking GPS Receiver, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSC-14793-1)
Time Frequency Analysis Based On Extrema Sifting, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSC-14608)
International Berthing Docking Mechanism (IBDM), Johnson Space Center (MSC-23933-1)
Thermal Stir Welding Apparatus, Marshall Space Flight Center (MFS-31559-1-DIV)