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A Virtual Social Support System for Long-Duration Space Exploration Missions

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corporation
3885 Research Park Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2217
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: A Virtual Social Support System for Long-Duration Space Exploration Missions
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CJ17P
Award Amount: $124,700.00


Our overall goal is to enhance the overall behavior health and performance of personnel on (future potential) long-duration missions. We propose to use a local representation of the Second Life virtual world, along with our computer graphics and artificial intelligence background, to make a highly interactive and responsive environment between groups of people that are literally worlds apart in communication distance. By having the interactions occur this way, there is no communication latency that needs to be dealt with, because content is updated asynchronously.We will also leverage and adapt our Automated Behavior and Cohesion Assessment Tools system, previously developed under a recent NASA Phase II SBIR, to measure behavior health and performance.

Principal Investigator:

Charles J. Cohen
Sr Research Engineer

Business Contact:

Daniel Jarrell
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cybernet Systems Corporation
3885 Research Park Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2217

EIN/Tax ID: 430924383
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No