NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-2 S5.03-8527
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Surface and Subsurface Robotic Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Space/Flight Operable Miniature Six Axis Transducer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Futek Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc.
10 Thomas
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2702
(949) 465-0900

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
10 Thomas
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2702
(949) 949-0900

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5 to 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
FUTEK will fully design and manufacture a sensor capable of measuring forces in and about each axis. The unit will measure forces up to 300 Newton's in the principle axes and measure moment forces about each axis up to 50 Newton meters. The overall design will be optimized for a multitude of applications in many different environments. As a result, the unit is capable of surviving temperatures ranging from -135oC and 125oC and will remain operable within specification between -80oC and 70oC. In addition, the sensor will be designed to accommodate vacuum conditions and all components will be covered with a protective coating. To further improve the unit, the size and weight has been minimized, making the sensor more ideal for dynamic applications and less obtrusive in assembly design. During the phase 1 contract, FUTEK has developed two operating prototypes to prove concept and feasibility. Also, different adhesives and coatings have been successfully tested beyond the survival temperatures expected in most applications. However, a continuation into phase 2 will be necessary to optimize the final design and meet all specifications and requirements. The design will be optimized to support specified loads with an acceptable factor of safety, while components are further researched and selected. In addition, the manufacturability and market of the product will be analyzed and assessed in order to commercialize such an advanced sensor.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Get full 6 axis force/moment feedback in cryogenic and vacuum environments from:
• Drilling profiles
• Robotic Arms
• Operator Platforms
• Thruster power and direction

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Get full 6 axis force/moment feedback in cryogenic and vacuum environments from:
• Cold regions drilling
• High altitude aerospace applications
• Telecommunication Satellite controls
• Environmental testing
• Unmanned vehicles
• Robotic Assembly/Part Insertion
• Suspension Systems

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.

Attitude Determination and Control
Data Input/Output Devices
Fluid Storage and Handling
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Computer Interfaces
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Mission Training
Pilot Support Systems
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Simulation Modeling Environment
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety

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