The six companies were tapped to conduct research into a number of different areas, from developing high-pressure oxygen generation systems for future space exploration missions to energy-efficient carbon dioxide storage systems.
Materials Technologies will be focused on wing technology designed to lower energy consumption while improving safety.
"We are extremely excited about this," company president Dr. Yogesh Mehrotra said Thursday. "This work will be crucial to increasing energy efficiency and safety of flights."
“I am pleased that Materials Technologies Corporation of Monroe has received this grant to develop new wing technology for NASA,” Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) said. “The Small Business Innovation Research program is a great example of the kind of smart, targeted investments the federal government should be making into the research and development of new technologies, which will help bring new products to market, expand small businesses, and create jobs.”
Five of the six companies received support in this endeavor from Connecticut Innovations (CI), which provided grants, loans, equity and other support. (Thoughtventions was not involved with the CI programs.)
“As we continue to focus on attracting and supporting the growth of innovative businesses, I congratulate these groundbreaking companies for the work they are doing in Connecticut and on the national level to support NASA, contribute to the advancement of space exploration and develop cutting-edge aerospace technologies,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday. “This is an accomplishment the companies should be proud of and we look forward to seeing the results of their research.”
The following companies received contracts from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs:
- Materials Technologies Corporation (Monroe)
- Proton Energy Systems (Wallingford)
- Precision Combustion (North Haven)
- Flightware (Guilford)
- Qualtech Systems, Inc. (East Hartford)
- Sustainable Innovations, LLC (Glastonbury)
- Thoughtventions Unlimited (Glastonbury)