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DKS Awarded an SBIR Contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


DKS is proud to announce the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract with NASA to work on the development of a modular radioisotopic power source (RPS) to enhance the current state-of-the-art offering, which is a combination of chemical batteries and solar arrays in the small satellite market.




The technology developed through this federal innovation collaboration expects to surpass the magnitude of commercially available chemical batteries, introducing the innovative power of radioisotopic sources. Our devices are compact and provide long-lasting capabilities, as these have the capacity to convert energy directly through the use of beta-emitting isotopes.


Our compact cell (as little as .5cm x .5cm) will perfectly fit into the side panel on the structure of a CubeSat. Our devices are expected to power critical systems independently or can be connected in multiples to become a significant power source to feed the central electric power system of a spacecraft.


We believe the DKS radioisotopic technology can be applicable for lunar exploration, as the cells can generate power in extremely low temperatures or are able to become power alternatives for complex systems in deep space exploration.


With such achievement, DKS continues to expand beyond the aerospace industry by contributing alternative clean energy solutions to improve the operation of challenging aerospace missions.


To learn more about DKS’s solicitation, please visit this page >


 

About the NASA SBIR Program


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive award process, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from commercialization.


The new awards from NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program invest in a diverse portfolio of American small businesses and research institutions to support NASA's future missions.


For more information, please visit NASA's press release here >


 

About Direct Kinetic Solutions


Direct Kinetic Solutions envisions becoming the power solution for future generations. The company develops, manufactures, and sells Persistent Power Sources (PPS). These devices harness the high energy density of beta-emitting isotopes and utilize their continuous, and steady emission of energy to generate current that can be utilized to directly power devices, charge chemical batteries, or work as complements to other power sources, such as solar.


For more information, please visit directkinetics.com/contact

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