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Brain Machine Interfaces for Robotic Control in Space Applications

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
6901 E FISH LAKE RD, STE 190 MAPLE GROVE, MN 55369-5457
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Brain Machine Interfaces for Robotic Control in Space Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CD46P
Award Amount: $125,000.00


This SBIR will study the application of a brain machine interface (BMI) to enable crew to remotely operate and monitor robots from inside a flight vehicle, habitat and/or during an extra-vehicular activity (EVA). The goal is to improve robot operator productivity, situational awareness, and effectiveness. With the application of a BMI technology an astronaut in an extravehicular suit could great improve their capability of working with rover, arm and free flying robots. The use of BMI is being studied extensively worldwide for its application in aiding people who are paralyzed or for persons missing limbs to control prosthetics. This project will study ways to apply this research to robotic control in space applications. System architectures will be defined for both the EVA and IVA crew member. The goal for phase II will be to demonstrate BMI in a space robotic control application. This research also has the benefit of supporting technology of use by those who are paralyzed or who have prosthetic limbs.

Principal Investigator:

Gary D. Havey
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Tom Hendrickson
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Medical Electronics Corporation
6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite #190 Maple Grove, MN -

EIN/Tax ID: 411693828
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No