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Customizable InterSystem Wireless Data/Energy Transfer (CUSTOS-WiT) System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0655
Agency Tracking Number: 206875
Amount: $124,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
888 Easy Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065-1812
United States
DUNS: 611466855
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Maldonado
 (805) 582-0582
Business Contact
 Emily Melgarejo
Phone: (805) 582-0582
Research Institution

For supporting NASA Ames Research Center in the development of innovative wireless technology to adapt modular components across different missions, configurations, and development stages, we are proposing the ldquo;CUSTOmizable InterSystem Wireless Data/Energy Transfer (CUSTOS-WiT)rdquo; System. This technology will allow reliable data transfer across components, subsystems, and interfaces while simplifying system integration, reconfiguration, and testing. Key characteristics of the CUSTOS-WiT are a highly modular and scalar architecture with radiation-hardened hardware and a ruggedized design for operation in space environments. Because sensors often entail a great deal of wiring and that penetrations can be very costly and add risk, CUSTOS-WiT provides robust cutting-edge RF and ultrasound wireless alternatives to replace cables, harnesses, and avoid penetrations. The system provides customizable and miniaturized plug-amp;-play wireless nodes and interfaces to drive: (a) active and passive sensors; (b) intercommunication of the missionrsquo;s modules based on RF intelligent transceivers; (c) smart wireless transducers for standalone nodes and to form sensor subnets and nets; and (d) hybrid as well as ultrasound gateways for flexible communications. Key innovations include: (1) highly reconfigurable wireless communications by ultra-low power RF transmission and through solid structures non-intrusive data and energy transfer; (2) flexible Radiation-Hardened Wireless Smart Nodes (Rad-WSN) with smart transducer functionalities; (3) integrated self-diagnostics for enhanced reliability; (4) technology to meet the commonality requirement for deployment in systems across multiple missions; and (5) capability to integrate both newly emerging as well as preexisting/mature sensor technologies in a seamless way.

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