Reconfigurable, Digital EVA Radio

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,941.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ07JA08C
Agency Tracking Number:
053813
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1.07
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AeroAstro Corporation
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA, 20147-3373
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
605603984
Principal Investigator:
James Stafford
Principal Investigator
(703) 723-9800
james.stafford@aeroastro.com
Business Contact:
Kim Irving
Business Official
(703) 554-6335
kim.irving@aeroastro.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The nature of human exploration missions to the Moon and Mars demands a frequency-agile, reconfigurable, durable digital radio delivering telemetry, ranging, voice, video, and data, with low Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP), and easy operation in the demanding space environment of Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA). AeroAstro and Virginia Tech propose to continue development of the EVA radio, building upon work accomplished in Phase I, combining AeroAstro's history of creating efficient space technology solutions and Virginia Tech's experience and expertise in Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology. AeroAstro will design and fabricate a prototype demonstrating the key requirements of the EVA radio—reconfigurability and frequency agility. The prototype will incorporate an adaptable modular RF front end for frequency agility, and a transmultiplexer-based digital back end, capable of a full range of sophisticated wireless waveforms, through software-defined reconfiguration of the same physical hardware. The prototype will also exhibit innovative solutions to extending SDR architecture standards to the demands of space applications. The proposed innovations fill critical technological gaps and mesh with other promising technological developments, such as micromachined passive RF components and fault-tolerant reconfigurable electronics, not only assuring the safety and success of human space exploration missions, applicable to space applications in general.

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