Conformal Space Suit Antenna Development for Enhanced EVA Communications and Wearable Computer Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,974.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA94C
Agency Tracking Number:
074768
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Applied EM, Inc.
144 Research Drive, Hampton, VA, 23666-1339
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782587406
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Campbell
Principal Investigator
(757) 224-2035
tom_campbell@appliedem.com
Business Contact:
C.J. Reddy
Business Official
(757) 224-2035
cjreddy@appliedem.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
As NASA prepares for the Constellation Space Missions and Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) on the moon by 2018, astronauts will be required to spend more time exposed to the hazards of EVA operations. Providing reliable communications is imperative during current EMU/ISS operations as well as future Constellation Missions. Communications during EVA is required to relay progress regarding the task and to monitor the health and ability of the astronaut to perform in hazardous environments. Therefore, in order to improve astronaut mobility and space communications, Applied EM, Inc. will apply the results of Phase I to develop and demonstrate a prototype multi-frequency design of a conformal, flexible, body-worn antenna that can be integrated into space suit designs to enhance UHF communications during EVA operations. In addition, the antenna design has multi-frequency capability that enables wireless bio-med telemetry for wearable computer applications during space operations. NASA's new Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS) will provide new space suit designs to improve the astronaut's mobility, efficiency, and safety while wearing the space suit during long periods of EVA operations. Therefore, the objectives for Phase II will consider antenna designs for both near term and far term space mission applications.

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