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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Advanced High Frequency High Voltage Power Converter

    SBC: QorTek, Inc.            Topic: S3

    Many existing or proposed NASA small propulsion systems and advanced scientific instruments will require high voltages at medium to high power levels to function. Such space power supplies are generally bulky and lossy and, as missions increasingly migrate to ever smaller platforms, there will be an increasing need to substantially reduce the size/weight costs of providing such on-board power acce ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. Rad-Hard, Wide Bandgap, Single Inductor Multiple Output (SIMO) Converters

    SBC: QorTek, Inc.            Topic: S3

    All space missions utilize low-voltage power for small signal, processor core and peripheral systems. The traditional approach for non-isolated point of load (POL) converter systems is to perform multi-stage down-conversions from space bus down to 5V, then down to the lower core voltages for provision of power to processors and small-signal components. We are proposing to research and develop a ne ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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