NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 H12.01-9544
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Exploration Countermeasure Capability - Portable Activity Monitoring System
PROPOSAL TITLE: Enhanced Dynamic Load Sensor for ISS (EDLS-ISS)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
4 Cambridge Center, 11th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 - 1401
(617) 500-4912

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Christopher Krebs
4 Cambridge Center, 11th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 - 1401
(617) 500-4912

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scott Hart
4 Cambridge Center, 11th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 - 1401
(617) 500-4892

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 6
End: 8

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Exploration Countermeasure Capability - Portable Activity Monitoring System 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)
Aurora Flight Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) propose to develop a stand-alone 6-DOF load sensing system that collects biomechanical force and moment data while integrated with the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) on the International Space Station by adapting and enhancing previously field-tested systems. Our EDLS-ISS system includes a separate base unit tethered to two low-profile sensors, which can be non-invasively mounted on the surface of the ARED to serve as new footplates.

The EDLS-ISS is being developed for two reasons:
- Operational. Force plates on the ARED will allow crewmembers to verify loading, and to record forces. This device provides a simple, non-invasive solution that measures foot forces and displays this to the astronaut.
- Research. Kinematic experiments on the ARED – for example, characterizing limb segment relative motions during a squat – require corresponding force and moment measurements. Our EDLS-ISS system provides three-axis force and three-axis moment measurements for such experiments.
By providing a short-term operational solution and a sustainable long-term research solution, ELDS-ISS is an important tool for the spaceflight community.

During Phase I, we improved the design of the existing 6-DOF Microgravity Investigation of Crew Reactions in 0-G (MICR0-G) Adapt sensor module, previously developed by Aurora and MIT. These improvements optimized the sensor for use on the ARED: decreasing the overall height of the sensors and separating the electronics into an off-board "base unit", increasing the footprint size to cover most of the surface of the ARED platform, updating the hard drive and electronics, providing a real-time user-feedback display, and developing ARED mounting options. The anticipated result of our Phase II effort will be three complete EDLS-ISS systems, each of which includes a base unit and two sensor units. Two systems will be flight-qualified.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
- Provide operational support on-orbit on the ARED and in corresponding ground-based testing
- Use with other exercise devices on ISS
- Measurement of crewmember push-off forces/moments
- Research and simulation of partial gravity activities.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
- Commercial medical research
- Precision 6-DOF measurements providing posture information for vestibular research
- Support gait research
- Laboratory testing for the development of prosthetic limbs
- Adapted to fit exercise equipment used in high-performance sports training or therapy.

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.)
Biological (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Biophysical Utilization
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Physiological/Psychological Countermeasures

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