NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.09-9203
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Command, Data Handling, and Electronics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non Invasive Instrumentation For Single Event Effects (NIISEE)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Adventium Enterprises, LLC
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401 - 2551
(612) 280-9843

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Todd Carpenter
111 3rd Ave SE, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401 - 2551
(651) 295-7196

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Lindsey Hillesheim
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401 - 2551
(612) 481-0533

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
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)
On this Phase 1 project, Adventium will identify and address key hurdles to achieve Radiation Hardening by Software (RHS) for Single Event Effects (SEEs) for modern COTS processors. The primary benefit this approach will be to reduce the time and cost to deploy new space-based capabilities by leveraging power efficient, pervasive mobile computing processors. These processors, however, are not explicitly hardened against radiation (rad-hard) and, consequently, can accumulate uncorrected faults which violate time and space partitioning requirements and lead to mission failure. Current rad-hard space-based processors are custom components, predominantly used only by the aerospace community. They are costly and have limited capabilities and longer product refresh cycles compared to COTS processors. These factors contribute to a high barrier for entry for organizations who can contribute to and participate in Science Mission Directorate (SMD) missions, further impacting innovation.

We will define requirements for, and establish the technical feasibility of Non Invasive Instrumentation For Single Event Effects (NIISEE), a cross-checking architecture that leverages built-in debug features in mobile COTS processors. NIISEE will detect transient and permanent SEEs in a space-based environment, while providing high availability and mission critical functionality. Our key innovation is to provide run-time, low-level, non-intrusive fault detection by repurposing a debug capability that already exists in fielded devices. This debug capability is far more capable than Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) scan chains, and is intrinsic in modern Advanced Reduced Instruction Set Architecture (RISC) Machine (ARM) embedded processors. While intended for debugging embedded applications and System On Modules (SOMs) during development, the logic blocks remain on-die in fielded devices.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential application space for NIISEE is huge; it is relevant to any low power, embedded computing application. Possibilities for initial space-based target applications include Honeywell's OMAP demonstrator, CubeSats, and robotic demonstrators.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology is relevant for any organization designing or building life- or mission-critical systems. Likely customers from the commercial sector include those in the aviation, process control and medical device industries.

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)
Command & Control
Computer System Architectures
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Development Environments
Operating Systems
Process Monitoring & Control
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Verification/Validation Tools

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