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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. A Flexible Fault Management Architecture for Cluster Flight


    In the near future we will see the development of space mission architectures where multiple spacecraft work cooperatively as a cluster to achieve mission objectives. Fault management (FM) is a critical challenge that must be addressed, especially when multiple spacecraft are working in proximity. Automatic fault management reduces the effort required by the ground crew when faults occur, and it ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Integration of Complex Geometry, 3D Woven Preforms via Innovative Stitching Technique

    SBC: T.E.A.M., INC.            Topic: H701

    Thick, 3D woven carbon/phenolic composites offer potential improvement over legacy thermal protection systems (TPS) for re-entry vehicle heat shield applications. However due to the scale and complexity of typical re-entry vehicle structures, it is likely that multiple 3D woven panels would need to laid up to create the overall heat shield, creating a potential weak spots at the panel joints. ...

    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. Uninhabited Traffic Management System Evaluator (UTME)

    SBC: Intelligent Automation, Inc.            Topic: A201

    The key innovation of this effort is the development of an Uninhabited Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Manager Evaluator (UTME) specifically targeted at evaluating potential air traffic systems for handling low-altitude UAS flights. It has been estimated that over 90% of future UAS flights will be low altitude (less than 6,000 feet above ground level). At such low altitudes, the conventional air tra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2014 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Open|SpeedShop Ease of Use Performance Analysis for Heterogenious Processor Systems

    SBC: Argo Navis Technologies LLC            Topic: S501

    We propose building upon the modular extensible architecture and existing capabilities of Open|SpeedShop to provide seamless, integrated, heterogeneous processor performance analysis. The NVIDIA GPU and Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) processors are increasingly important at high performance computing (HPC) laboratories within NASA for use on NASA's high-end computing (HEC) projects because of th ...

    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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