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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. 600 Volt Stretched Lens Array for Solar Electric Propulsion

    SBC: ENTECH, Inc.            Topic: T302

    ENTECH, Auburn, NASA, and others have recently developed a new space photovoltaic array called the Stretched Lens Array (SLA), offering unprecedented performance (>80 kW/cu.m. stowed power, >300 W/sq.m. areal power, and >300 W/kg specific power) and cost-effectiveness (>75% savings in $/W compared to planar arrays). SLA achieves these outstanding attributes by employing flexible Fresnel lenses fo ...

    STTR Phase II 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. A Data Abstraction Architecture for Spacecraft Autonomy

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X202

    Spacecraft generate huge amounts of data. A significant challenge for both human operators and autonomous control systems is ensuring that the right data (and combinations of data) are available at the right time for control and decision-making and ensuring that the data is at the right abstraction level. A key part of this process is data abstraction -- that is converting low-level analog or di ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. A Data Abstraction Architecture for Spacecraft Autonomy

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X202

    The new Constellation vehicles, habitats and robots will be highly sensored and generate large amounts of data. For this data to be useful to humans monitoring these systems and to automated algorithms controlling these systems it will need to be converted into more abstract data. This abstracted data will reflect the trends and characteristics of the systems and their environments. Currently t ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. A Field Reconfigurable Manipulator for Rovers

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X703

    Robots will be precursors to human exploration of the lunar surface. They will be expected to prepare the lunar surface for human habitation as well as conduct scientific investigations. As humans arrive the robots should be able to shift to providing direct assistance to human exploration activities. Such tasks require a new generation of robotic vehicles -- a generation that has flexible, dext ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. A Field Reconfigurable Manipulator for Rovers

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X703

    Robotic systems will be deeply integrated into future human exploration of the lunar surface. Prior to human arrival, they will conduct scientific investigations, explore potential habitation sites, prepare infrastructure, and construct the necessary facilities for human occupation and activity. When humans are present, robotic systems will assist and support them in the various activities of expl ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. A Hardware/Software Design Environment for Reconfigurable Communication Systems

    SBC: BINACHIP, INC.            Topic: O106

    NASA's vision of Space Exploration will require advancements in communication systems to maintain flexibility and adaptability to changing needs and requirements. The research outlined in this project will develop a hardware/software design environment that will allow NASA engineers to automatically develop flexible, reconfigurable communications systems. We will develop automated compiler algor ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. A Medipix-Based Small Personal Space Radiation Dosimeter

    SBC: Nano EnerTex            Topic: X1401

    This SBIR effort will take the first step in improving the existing Medipix dosimeter technology in terms of advancing the technique now used to couple the actual sensitive detector material to the underlying readout electronics. Prototypes of current Medipix2-based devices have been developed using "bump-bonding" techniques, and we will improve this design by employing direct epitaxial depositio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. A Novel Technology for Simultaneous TOC Reduction and Biofouling Prevention

    SBC: Lynntech Inc.            Topic: X1207

    Recycling of water using biological processes is a primary goal of NASA's advanced life support programs. This proposal concerns a technology to simultaneously reduce the microbial count (MC) and total organic carbon (TOC) content of biological water processor (BWP) effluent. This technology is based on an advanced oxidation process using an on-demand oxidizer generator, which does not require con ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. A Software Framework for Coordinating Human-Robot Teams

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X702

    Robots are expected to fulfill an important role in manned exploration operations. They can reduce the risk of crew EVA and improve crew productivity on routine tasks. They can be supervised locally by astronauts or remotely by ground control. In a sense, robots will become members of the operational team. Just like human teams, these human-robot teams must exchange information, follow establi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. A Software Framework for Coordinating Human-Robot Teams

    SBC: Traclabs Inc.            Topic: X702

    Robots are expected to fulfill an important role in manned exploration operations. They will perform precursor missions to pre-position resources for manned missions. They will assist astronauts in site preparation, buildup, and maintenance of a lunar outpost. To support these roles, new forms of human-robot interaction are needed. Task-level commanding and predictive interaction are promising ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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