NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 E1.02-8486
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nano/Micro Satellite Launch Vehicle Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Platform Independent Launch Vehicle Avionics with GPS Metric Tracking

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC
15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2606
(480) 227-1113

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Austin Williams
15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2606
(480) 227-1113

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scott MacGillivray
15265 Alton Parkway, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618 - 2606
(714) 392-9095

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Nano/Micro Satellite Launch Vehicle Technology 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)
For this award, Tyvak proposes to develop a complete suite of avionics for a Nano-Launch Vehicle (NLV) based on the architecture determinations performed during Phase I. This system will address the unique avionics challenges of a dedicated small launch vehicle and will utilize heritage and lessons learned from Tyvak's CubeSat avionics systems, modifying and optimizing its existing products for use with this new class of launch vehicles. The major technical objectives are:
- Provide broad compatibility with all known NLV systems in development
- Determine and provide appropriate performance and reliability metrics while maintaining the low-cost/low-mass approach made possible by commercial electronic systems
- Implement the latest network protocols with support for wireless systems in the NLV environment
- Develop a GPS metric tracking system and perform requirement verification to meet range safety recommendations
- Demonstrate the reliability of low-cost/low-mass/low-power/redundant automatic flight termination system (AFTS) by combining the latest generation of commercial miniature GPS systems with high performance computer systems currently used by Tyvak
- Validate functionality and performance for the entire NLV avionics suite through a series of incremental tests, from vibration and thermal vacuum, through a stratospheric balloon flight, an inert test article flight, to final demonstration on a NLV proxy.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The interest in CubeSats and nanosats from both a spacecraft/payload and launch perspective has grown dramatically over the last decade. NASA has played a significant role in fostering the growth of the CubeSat community. Despite the growing interest in CubeSat and NanoSat missions, launch opportunities for this class of spacecraft is only available as secondary payloads. NASA and other government agencies have recently expressed interest in the development of small launch vehicles specifically designed to carry NanoSats as primary payloads. The NEXT program is a clear example of NASA commercial applications. Generation Orbit Launch Services recently won this award, with Tyvak and Ventions as sub-contractors, to deliver a NLV launch opportunity in 2016 to demonstrate their GO-2 dedicated launch vehicle for nano-satellites.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Currently there are over 100 CubeSat developers worldwide building CubeSats, which comprise of government agencies, commercial businesses, non-profits, universities, and high schools. The U.S. Army currently has a program called Soldier-Warfighter Operationally Responsive Deployer for Space (SWORDS) and DARPA has a program called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA), which both aim to increase the technology readiness level of nano-satellite and small-satellite class launch vehicles. In addition, there are multiple commercial businesses that require reliable sources for nanosat launch. The technology developed under this NASA SBIR would have direct tangible benefits to both U.S. Government and commercial programs alike. In addition to the specific launch vehicle applications, Tyvak has also been exploring additional areas of commercialization where low-mass, high-integration, flexibility, and reliability are paramount. The unmanned vehicles industry is a natural target for additional applications, and using the avionics suite in ground, aerial, surface and underwater vehicles would modernize UAV capabilities in the same way Tyvak is modernizing small-satellite and Launch Vehicle platforms. Additionally, this avionics package could be used for other upcoming space applications like small interplanetary landers (e.g. for the Google Lunar X-Prize), where mass and reliability play a very important part.

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)
Attitude Determination & Control
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Command & Control
Computer System Architectures
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
GPS/Radiometric (see also Sensors)
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Inertial (see also Sensors)
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and smaller
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Navigation & Guidance
Network Integration
Operating Systems
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Process Monitoring & Control
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Sequencing & Scheduling
Simulation & Modeling
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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