NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 O1.04-9638
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Miniaturized Digital EVA Radio
PROPOSAL TITLE: Reconfigurable ultra-low power miniaturized EVA radio

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Teranovi Technologies
10033 NE 140th St.
Bothell, WA 98011 - 5214
(425) 820-9853

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Xudong Wang
10033 NE 140th St.
Bothell, WA 98011 - 5214
(425) 820-9853

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
EVA radio is an important integral part of lunar missions and beyond. To minimize power consumption and mass of an EVA radio, innovative solutions are needed for the design of various modules ranging from RF front end to networking protocols. In this protocol, a comprehensive design architecture that can achieve ultra-low power miniaturized EVA radio is proposed. Under this architecture, new MEMS-based technologies are employed to dramatically reduce the power consumption of RF front end and transceiver. By exploiting commercial wireless technologies in baseband and medium access control (MAC) modules, the EVA radio is also conformant to standard commercial wireless networks. Power consumption in baseband and MAC modules is minimized by selecting the most power-efficient design among commercial products. To further minimize power consumption during communications, power-efficient protocols across different layers are proposed. Such protocols are QoS-oriented and can support self-discovery, self-configuration, and self-healing of ad hoc networks formed by EVA radios. As an additional feature to the EVA radio, a navigation and location tracking scheme is also proposed in this proposal.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Ultra-low miniaturized radio has always been a design goal of wireless communication systems, since it provides benefits to all wireless applications. Many NASA applications demand the proposed EVA radio technologies. As explained in the call for proposal of this project, EVA radios can be used in lunar exploration. In fact, the same technologies can be used in the explorations of all other stars such as Mars. Technologies can also be applied to any type of deep-space communications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed technologies will be very beneficial to many DoD applications in military operations, such as battlefield communications and networking. The technologies of ultra-low miniaturized radio can find lots of applications on the non-government market. The most promising application area will be IEEE 802.11 radios and networks. Today IEEE 802.11 radio consumes too much power, which is currently a huge obstacle to integrating IEEE 802.11 radios into battery-powered devices such as cell phones, PDAs, laptops, palm PCs, and so on. The ultra-low power radios and networking protocols can also find potential applications in wireless sensor networks, vehicular networks, disaster-response networks, under-water networks, as they all demand ultra-low power radios and the supporting power-efficient protocols.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Architectures and Networks
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Ultra-High Density/Low Power

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