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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until June, 2020.

  1. Anytime Summarization for Remote Robot Operations

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: T103

    NASA plans to use intelligent planetary rovers to improve the productivity and safety of human explorers. A key challenge in using robots for human exploration is orienting remote personnel about robot operations, as latency and communication constraints make eyes-on monitoring impractical. Summary measures are needed to identify what progress the robot has made and, when progress is impeded, to i ...

    STTR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Canfield Joint- Vibration Isolation System for High Precision Pointing

    SBC: Balcones Technologies LLC            Topic: T301

    During our Phase I STTR effort, Balcones Technologies, LLC (BT) and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics (CEM) successfully achieved all Phase I objectives and developed concept designs for controlled Canfield Joint Systems (CJS) for numerous applications that currently employ two-axis gimbal systems, including flywheel energy storage systems, integrated flywheel energy st ...

    STTR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. A Planning and Control Toolkit for Dual Arm Manipulation

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X702

    It is often difficult to create autonomous robotic capabilities that match what can be achieved via teleoperation. Even though it is mechanically possible for a humanoid robot such as Robonaut 2 to perform complex coordinated tasks such as tying a knot, exchanging objects between end effectors, plugging in connectors, unscrewing a cap, opening a door, or grasping large objects with two hands, our ...

    SBIR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Enabling Large-body Active Debris Removal

    SBC: Vectornav Technologies, LLC            Topic: T602

    Research suggests that: (1) orbital debris has reached the point that, even with no future launches, collisions among large-body debris will lead to unstable growth in debris, and (2) removing as few as five large objects each year can stabilize debris growth. For large-body active debris removal (LB-ADR), new technologies are required to safely capture the target debris. The interactions of these ...

    STTR Phase II 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. A Quantitative Non-destructive Residual Stress Assessment Tool for Pipelines

    SBC: Generation 2 Materials Technology Llc            Topic: 111PH2

    There exists a wide-range need in both industry and government for quantitative residual stress measurements. Generation 2 Materials Technology LLC (G2MT) will collaborate with partners from industry and government to calibrate and commercialize the eStress system to assess residual stress from mechanical damage and re-rounding. The industrial members, consortiums, and government laboratories who ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Transportation
  6. Dynamic Non-Contact 3D Measurement System for Rollover Testing

    SBC: Photon-x, Inc.            Topic: 07NH2

    During Phases I and II, Photon-X successfully demonstrated the feasibility of applying its patented Spatial Phase Imaging technology to the problem of non-contact 3D imaging during a rollover test and delivered a viable prototype system. During Phase IIB, Photon-X will continue to refine the system in preparation for commercialization. Photon-X will use this opportunity to add an additional camer ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Transportation
  7. Ontological Models to Support Planning Operations

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X601

    Automation and autonomy technologies, such as automated planning software, are key elements in realizing the vision for space exploration. However, the major stumbling block to realizing the widespread use of automation tools for operations is capturing and maintaining the domain models -- the object types and subtypes, relationships among them and operational constraints -- needed to support su ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Improved Rhenium Thrust Chambers for In-Space Propulsion

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: S304

    Radiation-cooled, bipropellant thrust chambers are being considered for the ascent/descent engines and reaction control systems for NASA missions such as Mars Sample Return and Orion MPCV. Currently, iridium-lined rhenium combustion chambers are the state-of-the-art for in-space engines. NASA's Advanced Materials Bipropellant Rocket (AMBR) engine, a 150-lbf iridium-rhenium chamber produced by Pla ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Non-Toxic HAN Monopropellant Propulsion

    SBC: Plasma Processes, LLC            Topic: X202

    Non-toxic monopropellants have been developed that provide better performance than toxic hydrazine. Formulations based on hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) have superior performance as compared to hydrazine with Isp (261 seconds, 12% greater), higher density and volumetric impulse (60% greater density-impulse), lower melting point, and much lower toxicity (No self contained breathing apparatus requir ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. MEMS Gyroscope with Interferometric Detection

    SBC: Fine Structure Technology LLC            Topic: O401

    The proposed innovation is a novel MEMS gyroscope that uses micro-interferometric detection to measure the motion of the proof mass. Using an interferometric detection technique enables the measurement of proof mass motion with resolution equal to or better than systems that have CMOS detection electronics fabricated on the MEMS substrate. Furthermore, this detection technique can be applied to ME ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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