NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-E2.04-9111 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 033894)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Advanced Communication Technologies for Near-Earth Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE:Ultra-Wideband Transceiver for Integrated Communication and Relative Navigation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
7519 Standish Place Suite 200
Rockville ,MD 20855 - 2785
(301) 294 - 5221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chujen   Lin
chujen@i-a-i.com
7519 Standish Place Suite 200
Rockville ,MD  20855 -2785
(301) 294 - 5236
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The goal of this project is to develop an innovative way of using Time Modulated Ultra Wideband (TM-UWB) transceivers (radios) to provide high performance integrated communication and relative navigation. Many future near-earth or deep space missions requires spacecraft operating in a formation. A unified transceiver that can perform multiple functions is highly desirable. TM-UWB is an exciting new technology, whose small size, low power, robustness to interference, and very high data rate make it particularly useful for use on small satellites, and especially for satellites flying in formation because of simultaneous communication and range measurement capability. Under the Phase 1 work we will primarily address the design issues of UWB transceivers for integrated communication and relative navigation. The most important issue is the development and analysis of a high performance UWB communication/tracking scheme, which with current approaches can severely limit the achievable data rate and the update rate. IAI proposes a novel approach to allow the same update rate as the ranging-only cases and the same data rate as the communication-only cases. Under the proposed work we will develop the details of this scheme and analyze the system performance for integrated communication and relative navigation applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The technology developed in this SBIR effort can benefit many NASA applications, including autonomous Satellite Docking, Formation Flight of Spacecraft, Formation flight of UAVs, interspacecraft communication, communication between rovers and spacecraft, and astronaut EVA communication networks.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
We have identified the following markets for the technology developed in this SBIR effort, including Autonomous Landing of Unmanned Air Vehicles, Warfighter/Firefighter Situation Awareness System, and Autonomous Materials Handling. For each of these areas, there are significant government and civilian customers