SELENE - Self-Forming Extensible Lunar EVA Network

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC08P
Agency Tracking Number: 074524
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.10
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801-6503
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Joao Cabrera
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 933-5355
 cabrera@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Business Official
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: jmiselis@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The overall objective of this research effort (Phase I and Phase II) by Scientific Systems Company, Inc. and BBN Technologies is to develop the SELENE network -- SELf-forming Extensible luNar EVA network -- for specific usage in the Human Lunar Outpost. Phase I will investigate a hybrid scheme combining Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANETs) and Disruption Tolerant Networks (DTNs) for networking EVA radios in the Human Lunar Outpost, study the performance of SELENE under various levels of disruption and load, and develop a prototype convergence layer adapter plug-in for an EVA radio. The SELENE effort will leverage DARPA's Survivable Policy-Influenced Networking: Disruption Tolerance through Learning and Evolution (SPINDLE) program led by BBN Technologies (BBN), which addressed DTNs from the DoD viewpoint. As a part of our research team, BBN will provide expertise in DTNs and MANETs and support the usage of their software for performance evaluation of DTNs. The SELENE effort will investigate problems which are specific to the lunar environment, such as the existence of scheduled, on-demand and predictive adjacencies among nodes, and the need for hybrid schemes which work well under all levels of disruption, combining MANET and DTN technologies in a seamless fashion.

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