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Intelligent, Autonomous, Distributed Vehicle and Electrical Power System Management

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2129
Agency Tracking Number: 181093
Amount: $124,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T3
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-26
Small Business Information
1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402-2516
United States
DUNS: 608176715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Stottler
 (650) 931-2714
Business Contact
 Yan Yan Chan
Phone: (650) 931-2703
Research Institution
 Montana State University
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 00000-0000
United States

 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)

The proposed innovation, a distributed architecture for intelligent characterization, fault detection/diagnosis/ reconfiguration/replanning/rescheduling, and adaptive execution, substantially leverages large previous NASA investments to assemble the correct set of technologies to implement all aspects of the required intelligent, autonomous vehicle and distributed EPS and other subsystem managers.  Stottler Henke has significant experience in all of the required technologies and has already integrated them, under NASA funding, into a general MAESTRO (Management through intelligent, AdaptivE, autonomouS, faulT identification and diagnosis, Reconfiguration/replanning/rescheduling Optimization) architecture designed to be easily applied to spacecraft subsystem management problems.  We have applied MAESTRO in a current Phase I effort to Electrical Power System (EPS) management and interfaced it with a laboratory instantiation of a cubesat.   Our Research Institution partner, Montana State University (MSU), has designed, built, launched, and operated several satellites with over 14 satellite-years of in-space operations experience.  For this Phase I effort, in addition to providing substantial knowledge, expertise and practical experience, MSU will also provide real satellite telemetry data and supplement the existing laboratory hardware testbed (LabSat), with additional boards for more complex subsystems and the ability to cause real hardware faults, both confined within a single subsystem and faults in one subsystem that cause issues in others.  This new, augmented LabSat will be used for testing our distributed prototype with real hardware failures.  y also plan to field an actual proof of concept prototype onboard one of their future satellites, in-space, at the culmination of a Phase II effort.  This work also leverages and extends NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s Vehicle Autonomous Power Control (APC) Architecture.

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