AUTOMATION OF STOWAGE - PHASE I

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$484,360.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1991
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
11915
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aptek, Inc.
1257 Lake Plaza Drive, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Jerry L. Udy
 Technical Staff Member
 (719) 576-8100
Business Contact
 THOMAS F.V. MEAGHER
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (719) 576-8100
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE INNOVATION PROPOSED HEREIN WILL DETERMINE OPTIMAL PACKING SOLUTIONS FOR LOCATION AND ORIENTATION OF ITEMS TO BE STOWED IN THE SPACE STATION. THE TECHNIQUE WILL USE THREE-DIMENSIONAL COMPUTER GRAPHICS COUPLED WITH ENGINEERINGDESIGN OPTIMIZATION METHODOLOGIES TO EFFICIENTLY DETERMINE PREFERRED STOWAGE SOLUTIONS. CONSTRAINTS SUCH AS MINIMUM DISTANCE BETWEEN OBJECTS, MASS PROPERTIES, FIXED OBJECT ORIENTATION, OBJECT LAYERING, AND STOWAGE CONTAINER DESIGNATION WILL BE ADDRESSED. THE FEASIBILITY OF INTERFACING THE OPTIMAL PACKING CAPABILITY WITH 1) THE NASA/AIR FORCE LASER MAPPING SYSTEM TO PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT METHOD OF MODELING EXTREMELY COMPLEX OBJECTS TO BE STOWED AND 2) NUMERICALLY CONTROLLED MACHINING EQUIPMENT TO ALLOW AUTOMATIC MACHINING OF PACKING MATERIAL. THIS EVOLUTIONARY INNOVATION WILL IMPROVE AND LINK TOGETHER EXISTING CAPABILITIES TO PROVIDE NASA WITH AN IMAGINATIVE, LOW RISK AUTOMATED SOLUTION TO THE DIFFICULT SPACE STATION STOWAGE PROBLEM.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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