NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-2 S5.02-9814
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sample Collection, Processing, and Handling
PROPOSAL TITLE: Six-Axis Force-Torque Transducer for Mars 2018 Mission

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ATI Industrial Automation, Inc.
1031 Goodworth Drive
Apex, NC 27539 - 3869
(919) 772-0115

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dwayne Perry
1031 Goodworth Drive
Apex, NC 27539 - 3869
(919) 772-0115 Extension :125

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kristine Castle
(919) 610-2726

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 5
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A transducer element that is hearty enough for a Mars lander mission needs to be developed so that a six-axis force and torque transducer is possible.

The technical objectives are:
1. A transducer element capable of surviving temperatures from -135?C to +125?C.
2. The transducer element in objective 1 with temperature compensation to minimize span and offset drift from -80?C to +70?C.
3. The transducer element in objective 2 constructed so that it will sense properly in an atmospheric vacuum of 1E-5 torr.
4. The transducer element in objective 3 made of low-outgassing materials that are compatible with an interplanetary sample-collecting mission.
5. The transducer element in objective 4 instrumented with redundant sets of strain gages.

In order to achieve the objectives, ATI Industrial Automation has divided the project into these tasks:
* Six degree of freedom transducer design and fabrication,
* Load fixture design and fabrication,
* Instrumentation and temperature compensation of transducers
- using semiconductor strain gages and
- using metal-foil strain gages,
* Calibration of instrumented beams and redundant instrumentation,
* Performance characterization of both transducer instrumentation types at temperature and vacuum.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
* Providing loading feedback to a robot arm controller about the arm's end effector, such as a robotic drill or corer. The feedback can allow the operation to be adjusted for best performance.
* Providing loading feedback from an end effector on a teleoperated robotic arm
* Providing loading feedback for limbs in a Robonaut-type application.
* Providing loading information for tasks conducted in near vacuum.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
* Robotic arm loading feedback for ROVs on the moon, such as would be needed for commercial exploration of the moon.
* Sensing loads in a space tug when it connects to a satellite that is being moved to another orbit.
* Sensing loads caused by an experiment or operation being conducted in orbit.
* Providing loading feedback experiments and ROVs in the cold of the Earth's Polar regions

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.)
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Tools/EVA Tools

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