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July 06 2017
Quest's Alan Kopelove presented a paper on Quest Multi-Environment MLI, a new insulation tuned for operation on Mars to the Space Cryogenics Workshop. This biannual conference of NASA and space cryogenics researchers, sponsored by the Cryogenics Society of America and NASA, allows researchers to meet and discuss the latest developments.
May 01 2017
In May 2017 Quest had three new concepts selected for award by NASA.  This is great news, and allows us to move forward with three unique thermal control systems for future NASA and commercial use. One contract advances our on-Mars surface "Multi-Environment MLI", an ultra high performance low mass insulation able to operate in Mars atmosphere to protect LOX produced on Mars surface via ISRU. Two contracts were to develop novel "Variable Conductance Radiators" - highly variable spacecraft radiators.  Radiators help control the thermal environment in a spacecraft, with the "turndown ratio" a... Read More
December 01 2016
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) team selected Quest IMLI to insulate the receiver/dewar for use in an ISS flight experiment. This will likely be the second IMLI spaceflight.  RRM3 is developing new methods for refueling satellites and space instruments for longer operational life.  IMLI was designed, installed, tested and validated on a ground test article. IMLI was then installed on flight hardware, tested, and provided for integration into the RRM3 experiment pallet, IMLI heat flux was modeled to be 0.515 W through the blanket, with a measured heat flux of 0.517 W.
April 01 2016
NASA has awarded Quest a Phase II, two year contract to continue development of our Vapor Cooled Structure MLI (VCS).  VCS uses discrete spacers to form a vapor transport layer that provides efficient vapor cooling of tank supports. Thermal models predicted VCS could reduce tank support skirt heat flux by 57% and total heat flux by 45%.  In Phase I, a VCS prototype reduced total tank heat load by 41%. VCS was proven feasible as a lightweight insulation reducing heat leak through tank skirts, reaching TRL4.  Phase II work will further develop and mature VCS technology, apply it to larger tanks... Read More
October 01 2015
Quest Thermal, with support and funding from a State of Colorado Advanced Industries Accelerator grant, has begun design and development of a commercial superinsulation.  Quest's "High Performance MLI" (HPMLI), uses Quest proprietary technology to provide very high performance.  One-quarter inch thick HPMLI is thermally modeled to have the same heat leak as 12" of polyurethane foam, and standard fridges use about 2" of foam for insulation.  Quest HPMLI could provide 1/4" thin doors and walls, increased interior volume, and about 90% less energy use.  Stand by for updates!
July 01 2015
NASA has awarded Quest Thermal a new Phase I contract to begin work on a novel Mars surface insulation system.  Multi-Environment MLI (MEMLI) should be capable of providing high thermal performance protecting LOX and LCH4 during multiple mission phases for a Mars mission.  MEMLI is a fine-tuned discrete spacer system engineered for operation in-space during the cruise phase to Mars, then on-Mars surface to protect cryogenic fuels produced on the surface of Mars.  This technology will be needed to achieve a human presence on the surface of Mars or an expanded presence in the solar system. For... Read More
June 01 2015
NASA has selected Quest for a Phase I contract to work on Vapor Cooled Structure MLI (VCSMLI).  VCSMLI is a novel vapor cooled discrete spacer system that can intercept heat from cryogenic tank supports, such as skirts or struts, before the heat gets to the tank.  VCSMLI is a lightweight, highly efficient cooling system, further improving cryogenic fluid storage capabilities needed for long duration space exploration missions.
May 01 2015
NASA has selected Quest for an SBIR Phase II R&D contract to continue development of Cellular Load Responsive MLI (CLR).  CLR is a high performance insulation system for launch  vehicles that provides high performance both in-air and in-space, and could replace problematic SOFI on launch vehicle. The Phase I program successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the CLR, with a prototype with measured heat fluxes of 46 W/m2 in-air and 11 W/m2 in-vacuum (compared to SOFI with 236 W/m2). CLRMLI is a novel technology with a cryopumping cellular core containing LRMLI insulation layers.  The... Read More
February 01 2015
Quest is building IMLI to insulate the Ball Aerospace/NASA Green Propellant Infusion Mission spacecraft.  This will be the first spaceflight for IMLI, increasing it's TRL to 7+, scheduled as a secondary payload on the first Falcon 9 Heavy flight.
November 01 2014
Quest is providing samples of a new launch vehicle insulation system called Vacuum Cellular MLI (VCMLI) for demonstration to United Launch Alliance.  VCMLI can provide high thermal performance both in-air pre-launch and in-space.  VCMLI is modeled to provide as low as 47 W/m2 in-air and 4.7 W/m2 in-space, compared to Spray On Foam Insulation with approx 236 W/m2 heat flux in-air.  VCMLI uses Quest proprietary technology that provides a cryopumped cellular core with external Launch Vehicle MLI.