NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.09-8661
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Command, Data Handling, and Electronics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Miniaturized System-in-Package Motor Controller for Spacecraft and Orbital Instruments

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.
Building 3, Suite 1005 63 Flushing Avenue Unit 150
Brooklyn, NY 11205 - 1070
(212) 966-0661

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrew Maurer
1860 Lefthand Cr, Suite A
Longmont, CO 80501 - 6767
(720) 491-5560

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Chris Chapman
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 3, Suite 1005, 63 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205 - 1105
(212) 966-0661

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Command, Data Handling, and Electronics 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)
Honeybee Robotics proposes to miniaturize a heritage spaceflight motor controller using System-in-Package technology. This motor controller will be a universal solution for the control of BLDC, PMSM, and microstepping motors in robotic space systems and orbital instruments, with a form factor at least 75% smaller than comparable units.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA maintains a sizable fleet of polar-orbiting and low inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans. As an example, three of the primary instruments aboard the NPOES/Suomi NPP mission require high precision motor controllers for cross-track observations (ATMS, VIIRS, and CrIS). These instruments will fly again on JPSS-1 and JPSS-2, and the latter will also add RBI, which itself also incorporates high precision scanning action. In all of these cases instruments of these types are heavy, expensive, and complex, and all such missions would benefit from mass and volume reductions in their electronics architecture – both directly from the SiP motor controller as proposed, but also from the development of SiP electronics modules in general.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A large number of flight opportunities presently exist for nongovernmental actors to access space – many of these programs and launches are also sponsored by NASA. However these programs are frequently lower cost opportunities that make use of shared or surplus capacity on launch vehicles and satellites. This means that CubeSat and small-sat style launches are often extremely mass and volume constrained and motor controllers such as Honeybee's standard products are orders of magnitudes too large.

Miniaturized electronics using SiP technology could be a game changer for these types of programs, as hardware that presently cannot be flown at all due to excessive mass or volume becomes feasible.

In addition several high profile commercial space ventures have mentioned planned constellations using very large numbers of satellites in constellation format (e.g. Google, Skybox, WorldVu, and recently SpaceX). Again, such programs by definition take advantage of shared launches to reduce launch costs, and so any technology that can reduce launch mass and volume may translate to enormous reductions in program cost and viability. SiP architecture could prove critical to such ventures.

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
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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