AU Press Releases
Ceralink Receives Phase I Award from NASA
Troy, NY – Ceralink Inc., a leader in materials engineering and technology
commercialization, announced today that it has been awarded a $100,000 SBIR Phase I contract
by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop an automated
microwave surface heating system to solidify lunar regolith (soil).
Dr. Holly Shulman, AU class of 1987 is president and chief technical officer at Ceralink.
“We are very pleased to receive this contract”, said Patricia Strickland, CEO of Ceralink. “Lunar
investigation is a vital tool for future space exploration, and it’s exciting to be involved in
developing technology that will help address the need for lunar surface stabilization.” Lunar
regolith is easily disturbed and detrimental to equipment and operations on the moon, as was
identified by the severe complications from dust on the Apollo space missions. Surface
stabilization is paramount to future lunar missions.
Ceralink’s Phase I will demonstrate microwave system feasibility using advanced computer
modeling and sophisticated laboratory experimentation with lunar simulant. Ceralink has
assembled a team including research partner Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and
commercialization partner Gerling Applied Engineering to successful bring this technology from
research to prototype demonstration and ultimately to delivering a fully functioning system.
Ceralink, a global leader in the development of microwave processing technologies, specializes
in materials consulting, R&D, microwave technology and scale up, materials analysis, and lean
green engineering. Throughout their 10 years in business, Ceralink has combined top notch
engineering with materials innovation and dedication to the development of sustainable
For more information contact:
Patricia Strickland, CEO
105 Jordan Road
Troy, NY, USA 12180
Phone: (518) 283-7733
Fax: (518) 283-9134