NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 Z20.01-9909
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Deep Space Cubesat Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Deep Space Cubesat Regenerative Ranging Transponder (DeSCReeT)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Innoflight, Inc.
9985 Pacific Heights Boulevard, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92121 - 4310
(858) 638-1580

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joseph Koeniger
5850 Oberlin Drive, Suite 340
San Diego, CA 92121 - 4712
(858) 638-1580 Extension :166

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David Andaleon
5850 Oberlin Drive, Suite 340
San Diego, CA 92121 - 4712
(858) 638-1580 Extension :160

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Deep Space Cubesat 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)
Innoflight proposes developing a 0.5U Deep Space Cubesat Regenerative-ranging Transponder (DeSCReeT) compatible with NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) and similarly capable ground assets and with flight-ready units available for CubeSats deployed in cis-lunar space via the Exploratory Mission 1 (EM1) program. The transponder will leverage Innoflight's flight-heritage Software-defined Compact Radio (SCR) family of radios.

Phase 1 design efforts include requirements gathering from Pre-Phase A and Phase A CubeSat missions, Forward Error Correction trades, X-Band versus S-Band trades, and radiation-tolerant component trades. Given the EM-1 timeline, the Phase 1 effort will successfully complete a CDR-level design by the end of the period of performance.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
DeSCReeT will have significant opportunities across a number of different applications because of the breadth of its capabilities beyond the state of the art. We have captured just a few of its personalities and associated applications below:

? Low-Power Deep Space Ranging Transponder. The application is not limited to CubeSats and it could become the de facto transponder for deep space missions.

? X-Band Transmitter. With the trend to increasing payload data in more capable CubeSats and SmallSats, an X-Band Transmitter is increasing in demand.

? Higher-orbit CubeSat Transponder. Mission designers are looking at workhorse-applications for CubeSat and SmallSat at orbits beyond LEO.

Innoflight's strategy is to work directly with AES on existing, planned and potential SmallSat deep space mission requirements to produce an affordable CubeSat form factor Deep Space Transponder.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Ever since our 2012 success of qualifying a s/w-defined CubeSat S-Band radio, spacecraft and payload system primes have contacted Innoflight about a similar SWaP ranging transponder and/or X-Band transmitter capability for payloads generating higher data rates. Besides NASA, the interested customers have been both DoD and commercial, e.g., looking into early surveying /seismology for asteroid mining. Based on its SWaP and a corresponding much lower price point, DeSCReeT will offer something not currently available in the market for Deep Space and more severe earth orbit 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.)
Coding & Compression
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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