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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: 80NSSC21C0473
Agency Tracking Number: 206875
Amount: $749,956.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-06
Small Business Information
888 Easy Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065-1812
United States
DUNS: 611466855
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Francisco Maldonado
 (805) 582-0582
 fmald@americangnc.com
Business Contact
 Emily Melgarejo
Phone: (805) 582-0582
Email: emelgarejo@americangnc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The CUSTOmizable InterSystem Wireless Data/Energy Transfer (CUSTOS-WiT) System is designed to support NASA#39;s in the development of innovative wireless technology to adapt modular components across different missions, configurations, and development stages. 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. CUSTOS-WiT provides robust cutting-edge RF and ultrasound wireless as physical layers alternatives to replace cables, harnesses, and avoid penetrations. The system provides customizable and miniaturized plug-amp;-play wireless nodes and API to drive: (a) 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. A core milestone is to provide ubiquitous non-intrusive wireless data transfer between spacecraft subsystems in the inside, outside, and gateways to interconnect network systems. Following the results of Phase I, the goals of Phase II are set to achieve: (1) full nodes design and implementation; (2) full design of ultrasound gateway for data/energy transfer through the spaceship walls without perforations; (3) integration of emerging ISA100 technology in addition to Phase I foundation based on Zigbee; (4) nodes and system components SWaP optimization; (5) ruggedization optimization of components towards their operation in the spacecraft environment; (6) full development of reconfiguration, health monitoring, self-diagnostics, and communication capabilities; (7) integration of baseline sensors; and (8) full API development to drive components capabilities and system features.

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