NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-2 T4.02-9941
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Regolith Resources Robotics - R3
PROPOSAL TITLE: Free-Flying Unmanned Robotic Spacecraft for Asteroid Resource Prospecting and Characterization

NAME: Honeybee Robotics Ltd. NAME: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
STREET: P O Box 27420 STREET: 600 South Clyde Morris Boulevard
CITY: Brooklyn CITY: Daytona Beach
STATE/ZIP: NY  11202 - 7420 STATE/ZIP: FL  32114 - 3900
PHONE: (646) 459-7809 PHONE: (386) 226-6000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Hever Moncayo
600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 - 3900
(386) 226-7953

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Chapman
P O Box 27420
Brooklyn, CA 11202 - 7420
(626) 459-7809

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Regolith Resources Robotics - R3 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)
In Phase 2 we will develop a fully integrated, autonomous free-flying robotic system based on a commercial SkyJib quadcopter, and demonstrate flying straight and level to a target location, acquisition of rock and regolith samples, and return to the point of origin.

The work plan for Phase 2 is as follows:
1. Completion of the Guidance, Navigation, Control, Vision, and Sample Acquisition subsystems.
2. Integration of all the payload elements at ERAU and system level check out
3. Demonstration of the entire system at NASA KSC
4. Field deployment at analog location

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In 2010, President Obama called for a new approach to space exploration, which would include human and robotic exploration of asteroids. The first step in this program would be Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) currently under study at NASA. Characterization of these objects would require novel approaches akin to what is here proposed.
In the latest Decadal Survey, the committee recommended selecting a Comet Surface Sample Return mission as one of the NF4 missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Sampling of contaminated soils and liquid from hazardous environments (nuclear reactors, chemical spills etc.).
Geologists could use it to capture samples from hard to reach areas, such as for example lava-tubes in Hawaii. Cameras and sensors could map the area and give the geological context.
Commercial companies such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, who are interested in asteroid mining for economic gains, could also use this technology.

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.)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Navigation & Guidance
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Tools/EVA Tools

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