NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 O4.03-8473
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Flight Dynamics Software and Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Second-Order Kalman Filter Using Multi-Complex Step Derivatives

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Emergent Space Technologies, Inc.
6301 Ivy Lane, Suite 720
Greenbelt, MD 20770 - 6333
(301) 345-1535

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brendan O'Connor
brendan.oconnor@emergentspace.com
4315 Guadalupe St Ste 20
Austin, TX 78751 - 0000
(301) 345-1535

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Emergent Space Technologies, Inc. (Emergent) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) propose to investigate the navigation performance and computational burden of a second-order Kalman filter that uses a new method of computing second-order derivatives using multi-complex numbers, a multi-dimensional generalization of complex numbers. We will develop a prototype of the filter to be integrated into NASA's Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX) in Phase II. We will also investigate techniques to integrate ODTBX and other NASA software such as Optimal Trajectories by Implicit Simulation (OTIS) with NASA's General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT). Integration techniques to be investigated include service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC) middleware-based architecture. In Phase I, we will provide NASA with a detailed roadmap for integrating estimation, advanced dynamical theories and other capabilities with GMAT. Finally, we will investigate how GMAT and ODTBX can be incorporated into aerospace engineering curricula and research at Georgia Tech in Phase I and then extend our outreach to other top aerospace engineering universities in Phase II, to help expand the user and developer base for these software packages beyond the NASA civil servants and direct contractors who currently develop and use them.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
At the completion of Phase II, Emergent will be able to provide navigation and mission design software as a service (SaaS) throughout all NASA centers as well as aerospace and software engineering services to deploy, train, use and improve a service-oriented package of navigation and mission design software at a variety of NASA installations. Depending on which software package or packages are integrated with GMAT in Phase II, possible NASA mission applications include robotic precursor missions and human missions to asteroids or Lagrange points, robotic servicing missions or missions, or orbital debris removal missions. The second-order Kalman filter being developed under this proposal could be to support the ISS conjunction assessment and collision avoidance maneuver planning processes or other NASA missions with challenging orbit determination requirements

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
At the completion of Phase II, Emergent will be able to sell navigation and mission design software as a service (SaaS) to commercial, civil and military spacecraft designers as well as aerospace and software engineering services to deploy, train, use and improve a service-oriented package of navigation and mission design software at a variety of commercial, civil and military customer installations. Potential commercial customers of our SaaS or other engineering services related to this product would include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and others. Other customers would include AFRL and U.S. Space Command. Commercial satellite operators such as Intelsat, Orbcomm and Iridium could also be potential customers.

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.)
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Analytical Methods
Navigation & Guidance
Outreach
Training Concepts & Architectures


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