Development of A Digital Assistant for Early Mission Analysis and Design

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0526
Agency Tracking Number: 194219
Amount: $120,414.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T11
Solicitation Number: STTR_19_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-18
Small Business Information
300 E 39th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64111-1531
DUNS: 057221543
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Selva
 (617) 682-6521
 dselva@tamu.edu
Business Contact
 Morris Hicks
Phone: (228) 813-6325
Email: Morris.hicks@nasa.gov
Research Institution
 Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
 7607 Eastmark Drive
College Station, TX, 77840-3124
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this Phase I STTR proposal is to develop a first prototype of a digital assistant to support NASA engineers in space mission engineering and design tasks in Pre-Phase A and Phase A mission studies. This technology will: 1) increase the quality and diversity of the designs explored during early stage mission concept studies; 2) decrease the time and resources it takes to perform such studies; and 3) reduce the cognitive workload of systems engineers while performing such studies. While digital assistants are ubiquitous today in our daily lives, they are still to be adopted by aerospace organizations. With the societal push from assistants such as Google Home, Alexa, Siri, etc., and given recent advances in machine learning and natural language processing, the time is ripe for such adoption. This technology has the potential to save NASA millions of dollars by reducing design effort and helping NASA identify better system designs faster. This proposal addresses topic T11.04 Digital Assistants for Science and Engineering of the 2019 SBIR/STTR solicitation.

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