NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S5.03-8443
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Surface and Subsurface Robotic Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Modular Actuators for Space Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Rocketstar Robotics Inc
2510G Las Posas Road, Suite 112
Camarillo, CA 93010 - 3435
(877) 423-7795

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Douglas Petercsak
2510G Las Posas Road, Suite 112
Camarillo, CA 93010 - 3435
(877) 423-7795

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Rocketstar Robotics is proposing the development of a modern dual drive actuator. Rocketstar has put together numerous modern concepts for modular actuators that feature gear ratios on the order of 1000:1 and would be ideal candidates for many space applications. These actuators are evolutionary advancements of actuators that are currently in use today and offer performance benefits over heritage counterparts including; higher torque margins, flexible gear ratios, flexible gearing components, higher specific torque and the ability to be non redundant, electrically redundant or fully mechanically and electrically redundant.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A family of modular actuators would be useful in a wide variety of NASA applications, particularly instruments, deployment devices, rover wheels, robotics applications and pointing mechanisms for antennas and/or cameras. These devices could provide better specific torque performance for lower mass, greater capability and higher margins.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Some of these devices could be very useful in similar high reliability applications where it is not always possible to easily access the hardware. These would include military applications such as robotics, deep sea applications and sub surface terrestrial applications. The devices might also be applicable for military or commercial aircraft applications.

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.)
Actuators & Motors
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Tools/EVA Tools
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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