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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.
June 21 2014
Quest is pleased to receive another NASA SBIR contract - to develop our latest concept Cellular Load Responsive MLI.  CLR is a high performance cryogenic insulation for use on launch vehicles. This insulation self evacuates via cryopumping when in contact with cryopropellant tanks, and does not require any external vacuum acquisition. CLR would be ideal insulation for launch vehicles, operates both in-air and in-space, replaces SOFI and by dramatically reducing propellant boiloff improves launch capabilities.
May 15 2014
Quest engineers are designing a new high temperature IMLI for a world-leading vehicle manufacturer to keep molten salt batteries hot for electric vehicles.  High Temperature Ceramic Post IMLI combines discrete spacer technology, high temperature ceramics, high temperature radiant barriers and our load supporting technology to form a high performance, low mass vacuum case insulation system that operates in air up to about 600C/1100F.
April 17 2014
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate Assoc Administrator, Dr. Michael Gazarik, hosted a teleconference on the space tech portfolio, recent and upcoming events, and the effect the new space technologies will have. Gazarik made special mention of Ball Aerospace for the Green Propellant Infusion Mission and of Quest for developing innovative, next generation thermal insulation that will fly on this NASA supported Tech Demo Mission.