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  1. Ground Processing Optimization Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques

    SBC: Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.            Topic: H1001

    The ultimate goal is the automation of a large amount of KSC's planning, scheduling, and execution decision making. Phase II will result in a complete full-scale implementation of a general framework and its application to several problems at KSC to create several operational systems (e.g., for Ground Processing (GP) and the Cryogenic Test Bed (CTB)) and other systems targeting future, advanced a ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. ChemCam-like Spectrometer for Non-Contact Measurements of Key Isotopes

    SBC: Applied Spectra, Inc.            Topic: S107

    This project addresses the need for a non-contact instrument capable of measuring the isotopic ratios O-18/O-16 and D/H from water ice and other solid materials (rocks). Frozen H2O is the dominant ice in the outer solar system, recently found on the Moon. Extensive deposits of near-surface ice discovered on Mars. Oxygen and hydrogen isotopic records preserve history of water/rock interactions depe ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. NDE for Ablative Thermal Protection Systems

    SBC: Jentek Sensors, Inc.            Topic: H701

    This program addresses the need for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) methods for quality assessment and defect evaluation of thermal protection systems (TPS). Novel linear drive eddy current methods are proposed for NDE of carbon-based TPS materials, such as felts, rigid materials, and three dimensional woven fiber composites. Using a combination of physics-based models of layered media, includin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Seam Joining Techniques for Three-Dimensional Woven Carbon Naterial of at Least 1" Thickness.

    SBC: Pham, Tuyetnhung            Topic: H701

    Heat shield technology is a critical component for both re-entry and hypersonic vehicles. The traditional manufacturing approach for designing heat shields consists of joining TPS tiles together with an adhesive that fills any gaps between them. This approach has significant challenges, including the reduction in thermal-mechanical performance as compared to that of acreage woven material. Nhung's ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Programming Useful Life Prediction (PULP)

    SBC: Charles River Analytics, Inc.            Topic: A104

    Accurately predicting Remaining Useful Life (RUL) provides significant benefits—it increases safety and reduces financial and labor resource requirements. Relying on just one methodology for RUL prediction is unsuitable because certain methods of prediction perform better for certain use cases and conditions. Approaches must be combined to maximize accuracy. Encoding these hybrid methods is c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Aerodynamic Optimization for Distributed Electro Mechanical Actuators


    Traditional hydraulic actuation and control surface layout both limit span wise control of lift distribution, and require large volume within wing cross-section, ultimately reducing efficiency. Mounting and support structures for traditional actuators, also necessitate drag-inducing protrusions in otherwise ideally smooth airfoils. Consequently, hydraulic systems are heavy and energy intensive as ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Miniaturization of Airborne Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy Instrument


    New measurement technologies are required to support science campaigns to better quantify rapid changes in the Earth atmosphere system. A key factor in this heightened focus on risk and uncertainty is the growing recognition that the climate is changing far more rapidly than was thought just five years ago. Aurora Flight Sciences and Harvard University propose to miniaturize the Harvard Integrated ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. A Pulsed Nonlinear Raman Detection of Trace Organics with SERS Enhanced Sensitivity

    SBC: Crystal Research, Inc.            Topic: S106

    A significant technology gap for NASA astrobiology missions is the detection of organics at the sub ppm level without sampling. Currently, NASA uses different sensing technologies such as Pyrolysis–GCMS to analyze planetary samples. These instruments require complex sample handling and can process only a limited number of samples. It is critical to develop an effective instrument with exten ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Hybrid-Electric and All-Electric Rotorcraft Analysis and Tool Development

    SBC: Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc.            Topic: A306

    During this Phase I effort ESAero will draw upon its knowledge of hybrid-electric propulsion system design and analysis for fixed wing aircraft to investigate the potential benefits of incorporating such systems into rotorcraft designs. Past rotorcraft studies have been conducted in conjunction with Electricore, Inc. and an industry prime, to develop hybrid propulsion system trade studies and deve ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control Design for Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking

    SBC: Scientific Systems Company Inc.            Topic: H601

    SSCI, in collaboration with University of Texas, Austin (UTA), proposes to develop, integrate, implement and test a novel framework for the design and performance evaluation of Guidance, Naviagation & Control algorithms for spacecraft Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (AR\&D). The framework is referred to as the GUARD (GUidance, Navigation and Control for AR\&D), and will include a suite of advanc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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