NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 O2.01-9005
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Secondary/Auxiliary Payload-to-Launch Vehicle Interface Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non-Radiated Field Link to Recharge, Reprogram, Test and Co-ordinate Aux. Payload Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Micro-Space, Inc.
800 West Ninth Avenue
Denver, CO 80204 - 4337
(303) 595-9696

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Richard Speck
rpspeck@hotmail.com
800 West Ninth Avenue
Denver, CO 80204 - 4337
(303) 595-9696

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Micro-Space proposes to adapt the High Audio Frequency "Non Radiated Field" (AC Magnetic Field) systems we have been developing for 6 DOF Vehicle Localization and Navigation for use as reliable, Short Range Data Links. The inherent short range of these Dipole Magnetic Fields isolates them from accidental or deliberate Interference, as well as Interception. Range is more than sufficient to link systems and payloads in a complex rocket. These magnetic fields are far less attenuated by rocket materials than RF, and lack the deep nulls often present with RF. In addition they can function with sub milliwatt total power and fractional gram mass. Wireless pre-launch testing and reprogramming is easy, and wireless battery recharge is possible.

In all uses, this system will eliminate many, if not all, of the connectors, particularly those which must have troublesome "Quick Disconnects" capabilities, which reduce reliability of Space Systems, and add mass.

Phase 1 efforts will develop the basic systems and integrate them into a representative, small launch vehicle for full systems tests. Phase 2 will install the hardware in several complex rocket systems for flight testing to identify special problems which might be revealed in flight operations.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA and commercial users will find these systems very valuable whenever small single payloads or payload clusters need to be tested and integrated into a small launch vehicle. The processing efforts are radically reduced with much more reliable results. The integration can also include propulsion modules and "Strap Ons", which increase the flexibility and cost effectiveness of launch systems. In this case, that flexibility can be achieved with low engineering and labor costs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA and commercial users will find these systems very valuable whenever small single payloads or payload clusters need to be tested and integrated into a small launch vehicle. The processing efforts are radically reduced with much more reliable results. The integration can also include propulsion modules and "Strap Ons", which increase the flexibility and cost effectiveness of launch systems. In this case, that flexibility can be achieved with low engineering and labor costs.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Fusion
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Electromagnetic
Inventory Management/Warehousing
Lifetime Testing
Man-Machine Interaction
Material Handing & Packaging
Navigation & Guidance
Network Integration
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Process Monitoring & Control
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Teleoperation
Transmitters/Receivers
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)


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