QuickDirect - Payload Control Software Template Package

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CC40P
Agency Tracking Number:
084241
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
QuickFlex, Inc.
8401 N. New Braunfels, Suite 324, San Antonio, TX, 78209-1144
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
176568772
Principal Investigator:
Steven Tarr
Principal Investigator
(303) 653-5905
orr@forethought.net
Business Contact:
Sally Draper
President and CEO
(210) 824-2348
sdraper@quickflex.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the need to quickly, cost-effectively and reliably develop software to control science instruments deployed on spacecraft, QuickFlex proposes to create a payload control (QuickDirect) software package that can be used by instrument developers as a template for specific missions. QuickDirect will address the generic needs of science instrument control and will provide a template for the control of mission specific detectors and mechanisms. It will contain modules for command & telemetry handling, engineering data collection and monitoring, memory upload and downloads, and software and hardware watch dog maintenance. QuickDirect will contain common command and telemetry interfaces (serial, UART, Mil-Std-1553-B) as well examples of mechanism and detector control modules. QuickDirect provides a template for the development of the specific instrument control software, freeing the QuickDirect user to focus on the interfaces and specialized processes that are specific to the detectors and mechanism, knowing that the generic payload control requirements are fully and effectively covered. While the software package is designed to operate on a processor platform dedicated to operation of the instrument, the software itself is not tied to any specific operating system or platform. Notably, QuickDirect will leverage the QuickFlex Reconfigurable Logic Manager (RLM), a set of proven software that enables simple and effective exploitation of the full range of capabilities offered by field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, including partial dynamic reconfiguration. The QuickDirect software package will be thoroughly reviewed, tested and documented.

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