NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 E1.03-8501
SUBTOPIC TITLE: International Space Station Utilization
PROPOSAL TITLE: Zero G Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717 - 1961
(608) 827-5000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert C Richter
1212 Fourier Drive, Ste 400
Madison, WI 53717 - 1961
(608) 229-2726

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Thomas Crabb
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Ste 400
Madison, WI 53717 - 1961
(608) 827-5000

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
International Space Station Utilization is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The Zero Gravity Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD) provides the ability to measure the mass of samples in a microgravity environment, like that found on the International Space Station (ISS). One of the primary measurements often taken during science experiments is mass. This is even more relevant in biology, where mass is often one of the key measurements taken for analysis. During the Phase I effort, a ZGMMD prototype was developed, tested, and demonstrated the feasibility of a means to determine the mass of samples less than 1kg, without the use of earth's gravity. The ZGMMD's innovative way of determining the mass, of low mass objects, in microgravity environments has been shown to be feasible, and effective. The Phase I prototype has shown to be able to provide great mass measurement capabilities, exceeding the Phase I requirements, specifically in accuracy and precision.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The ZGMMD has an immediate application for NASA aboard the ISS. It could be utilized right away with a number of fundamental space biology experiments that are either in progress, or will be starting soon. The ZGMMD offers a very desirable capability often utilized in most lab settings for mice, plants, and

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
ZGMMD also has the potential for uses in other Non NASA applications, for commercial companies involved with providing space research platforms, like Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, Sierra Nevada, Blue Origins, Boeing, SpaceX, and Orbital Sciences. ZGMMD may prove valuable in not only orbital situations, but perhaps even in sub-orbital flights in which mass may be valuable to collect under those conditions.

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
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Biological (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Biophysical Utilization
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)

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