SELENE - Self-Forming Extensible Lunar EVA Network

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,993.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA95C
Award Id:
88056
Agency Tracking Number:
074524
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859244204
Principal Investigator:
Rajesh Krishnan
Principal Investigator
(781) 933-5355
rajesh.krishnan@ssci.com
Business Contact:
Raman Mehra
Business Official
(781) 933-5355
rkm@ssci.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Lunar EVA network will exhibit a wide range of connectivity levels due to the challenging communications environment and mission dynamics. Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) enables communications in environments where intermittent end-to-end connectivity occurs due to nodes moving temporarily out of range by taking advantage of persistent storage and mobility. DTN forwarding is a mature technology, but requires an adaptable routing algorithm that covers opportunistic and scheduled modes of operation under stable or disrupted connectivity. SSCI, in collaboration with Boston University and BBN Technologies proposes novel adaptive hybrid routing protocols and efficient data set reconciliation algorithms that will significantly enhance the scalability and performance of state-of-the-art DTN approaches. SSCI further proposes to develop the SELENE DTN system prototype using COTS hardware and demonstrate data muling capability in a 20-node network. SELENE technologies will provide the Lunar EVA network with the reliability necessary to support Lunar missions in the extreme network conditions on the Lunar surface. Through Phase II, SSCI will identify and secure commitments from industry and government transition partners to transition SELENE to commercial applications.

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