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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. History Maker

    SBC: Schell Games LLC            Topic: 91990018R0006

    In this project, the team will develop a prototype of History Maker, a virtual reality (VR) content creation tool, where students and teachers produce digital movies to be used as reports and/or presentations about particular historical topics. Within the platform, students will research primary sources documents, write scripts, and act scenes from history. Student work will be presented in VR to ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of EducationInstitute of Education Sciences
  2. Mission Coordination and Co-Localization for Planetary Rover Teams

    SBC: Astrobotic Technology, Inc.            Topic: T4

    Cooperative robots can explore the surface of planets with higher efficiency and lower mission risk, perform novel and precise resource and science surveys, and gather and share resources and information with other assets to bring planetary exploration. In order to work together more efficiently and effectively, robots must understand their location relative to their peers, which is challenged in ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. Deep Learning Applied to Detecting Salient Features and Building Better 3D Models

    SBC: Mesh Robotics, LLC            Topic: T4

    We propose to develop a method to effectively utilize the massive amount of image and range data that cameras and laser scanners can generate for an autonomous navigation system.  Our innovative approach is to use deep learning to detect and segment only the most useful portions of the data and to use that to build better 3D models. We have proven methods for building accurate 3D models of t ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. Advanced Hot Reservoir Variable Conductance Heat Pipes for Planetary Landers

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: T9

    In contrast to the standard cold reservoir Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) where for tight thermal control an electrical heater is used for the reservoir (wicked), Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc (ACT) developed a hot reservoir VCHP with the reservoir thermally coupled to the evaporator. This novel feature will provide a tight temperature control capability without the need for control po ...

    STTR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. Enabling Aerial Close-Proximity and Contact Sensing for Inspection of Industrial Infrastructure

    SBC: Near Earth Autonomy, Inc.            Topic: A2

    There is a large unserved and well-defined need in several heavy industrial markets such as steel, petroleum, energy, and mining for aerial inspection, particularly by small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) conducting close proximity imaging and contact sensing. We propose to increase the utility of aerial inspection beyond the current state of the art where imagery typically is manually ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. Additive Manufacturing of PEEK and Fiber-Reinforced PEEK for NASA Applications and Custom Medical Devices

    SBC: ACTUATED MEDICAL, INC.            Topic: H7

    There is a significant gap between the properties of materials that are produced using the current 3D printing processes and the properties that are needed to support critical space systems.  The polyetherimide/polycarbonate (PEI/PC) composite recently demonstrated on the ISS is a significant step forward in development, however, FDM with PEI/PC represents the current practical limits of AM i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Software Defined Reliability for Low Cost Digital Signal Processors on Small Spacecraft

    SBC: Astrobotic Technology, Inc.            Topic: Z8

    Software-based redundancy methods offer a solution to achieve high reliability with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, providing a significantly reduced development cycle as well as lower SWaP and cost. By contrast, conventional hardware-based methods for the use of high performance applications-specific processors in space are very costly and introduce a long delay between terrestrial and ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. Variable View Factor Two-Phase Radiator

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: Z2

    NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is investigating technologies for thermal control systems (TCS) in human spaceflight vehicles, such as variable geometry spacecraft radiator. The TCS in crewed vehicles must maintain a relatively constant environment temperature for a wide range of external thermal environments (low earth orbit, trans-planetary coast, and planetary surface o ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. Consumable-Based Cooling for 24 Hour Life Venus Lander

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: Z2

    A reliable thermal management system that will enable at least 24-hours survival of Venus landers in the extreme environment (460°C, 92 bar) is highly desirable for NASA future Venus in-situ exploration missions. In response to the NASA SBIR solicitation, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) proposes to develop a consumable-based cooling system for Venus landers waste heat rejection. The ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. Rover-Based Non-Prehensile Manipulation for Improved Mobility, Scientific Exploration, and Terrain Shaping on Planetary Surfaces

    SBC: PROTOINNOVATIONS, LLC            Topic: Z5

    ProtoInnovations, LLC (PI) will research, design, develop, and validate advanced locomotion controls, rover-based non-prehensile manipulation (RNM) actions, and novel hardware/software architectures to allow rovers to alter the environment around them for the purposes of improving terrainability, aiding in scientific investigations, and accomplishing construction tasks. This work will require the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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