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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 April, 2020.

  1. Reaction Wheel with Embedded MEMS IMU

    SBC: Milli Sensor Systems and Actuators, Inc.            Topic: S405

    Reaction wheels are used to stabilize satellites and to slew their orientation from object to object with precision and accuracy by varying the rotational speed of the wheels. Three or four wheels are usually used with three of them aligned along orthogonal axes. The degree to which pointing stability is achieved depends on the stability of the wheels' angular momentum vectors while spinning, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. Robotic Vehicle Proxy Simulation

    SBC: Energid Technologies Corporation            Topic: X101

    Energid Technologies proposes the development of a digital simulation to replace robotic vehicles in field studies. It will model the dynamics, terrain interaction, sensors, control, communications, and interfaces of a robotic vehicle with the goal of supporting validation and training. The simulation will be very easy to use by simple execution on a networked PC. It will connect to NASA's ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Fast Neutron Dosimeter for the Space Environment

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: X1401

    Model calculations and risk assessment estimates indicate that secondary neutrons, with energies ranging between 0.5 to>150 MeV, make a significant contribution to the total absorbed dose received by space crews during long duration space missions [1-3]. Advanced scintillation materials, which exhibit radiation type and mass dependent emission times, coupled to SSPM detectors, provide the optim ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) Gap Filler for Heat Shield Assemblies

    SBC: Fiber Materials, Inc.            Topic: X901

    During this program, Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI) will develop practical methods for preparing Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) materials for joining thermal protection system segments and penetrations of the heat shield assembly. Current and future mission flight environments and designs, such as those for Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell (MSLA) and anticipated for New Frontiers and Mar ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Multi-Layered Integrated Airframe System

    SBC: Fiber Materials, Inc.            Topic: X902

    This proposed Phase II program builds on the Phase I effort addressing NASA's future mission requirements by: 1) developing higher performing TPS materials capable of meeting the demands of multiple severe mission trajectories; and 2) integrating TPS materials with the sub-structure to improve overall robustness and decrease mass. The program's goal is to extend Phenolic Impregnated Car ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Magnesium Based Rockets for Martian Exploration

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S308

    In the proposed Phase II program, we will continue the development of Mg bipropellant rockets for Martian PAV applications. In Phase I, we proved the feasibility of this game-changing technology. Through chemical analysis, we determined that Mg can be combusted with CO2 condensed in-situ from the Martian atmosphere to yield Isp ~240 s. We then successfully demonstrated a low fidelity Mg-CO2 roc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. In-Flight and Pre-Flight Detection of Pitot Tube Anomalies

    SBC: Analysis And Measurement Services Corporation            Topic: A110

    The health and integrity of aircraft sensors play a critical role in aviation safety. Unfortunately, inaccurate or false readings from these sensors can lead to improper decision-making resulting in serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The research performed in Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of using advanced data analysis techniques to identify anomalies in Pitot tubes resulting from ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Advanced Bayesian Methods for Lunar Surface Navigation

    SBC: Autonomous Exploration, Inc.            Topic: O403

    The key innovation of this project is the application of advanced Bayesian methods to integrate real-time dense stereo vision and high-speed optical flow with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to produce a highly accurate planetary rover navigation system. The software developed in this project leverages current computing technology to implement advanced Visual Odometry (VO) methods that will acc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Low Mass Low Power Hall Thruster System

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S304

    In NASA is seeking an electric propulsion system capable of producing 20mN thrust with input power up to 1000W and specific impulse ranging from 1600-3500 seconds. The key technical challenge of the topic is the target mass of 1kg for the thruster and 2kg for the power processor (PPU). In Phase 1 Busek develop an overall subsystem design for the thruster/cathode, PPU and XFS. The feasibility of ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. High Efficiency Hall Thruster Discharge Power Converter

    SBC: Busek Co., Inc.            Topic: S304

    Busek leveraged previous, internally sponsored, high power, Hall thruster discharge converter development which allowed it to design, build, and test new printed circuit board converter within this Phase 1 effort. The new converter consists of two series or parallel boards (slices) intended to power NASA GRC HiVHAC thruster or other similarly sized EP devices. The converter accepts 80 to 160V in ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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