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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. Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    SBC: Anasphere, Inc            Topic: S309

    A small, modular dropsonde launcher is being developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Some critical measurement needs can only be satisfied by in-situ measurements. Key examples of such measurements include detailed atmospheric profiles, point meteorological conditions on the surface, and in-situ measurements for calibration and validation of remote sensing systems.Phase I work saw the des ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. High Fidelity Down-Conversion Source for Secure Communications using On-Demand Single Photons

    SBC: ADVR, Inc            Topic: O105

    In this NASA SBIR Phase II effort, AdvR will design and build an efficient, fully integrated, waveguide based, source of spectrally uncorrelated photon pairs that will enable accelerated research and development in the emerging field of quantum information science. The key innovation is the use of sub-micron periodically poled waveguides to produce counter propagating photon pairs using quasi-phas ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hot Gas TVC For Planetary Ascent Vehicle

    SBC: Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Co.            Topic: S308

    A Mars ascent vehicle (MAV) uses solid rocket motors to propel soil samples into orbit, but the motors cannot provide steering. Flexseal TVC control is planned for the first stage while hydrazine thrusters will be used for spin stabilization of the second stage. This approach is heavy and results in a spinning sample container in orbit, which is difficult to recover. Wickman Spacecraft & Prop ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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