NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 A2.01-7801
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Flight Test and Measurements Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Runtime Assurance for Flight Test Research Aircraft

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901 - 2496
(434) 973-1215

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. John D. Schierman
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901 - 2496
(434) 973-1215

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Connie R. Hoover
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202
Charlottesville, VA 22901 - 2496
(434) 973-1215

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Flight Test and Measurements Technologies 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)
Barron Associates proposes to develop a runtime assurance (RTA) system that provides in-flight protection to research aircraft that are flight testing advanced or experimental controllers. The RTA system monitors key critical parameters to determine if errors in the experimental controller are potentially driving the vehicle to unsafe flight conditions. If such conditions are ensuing, the RTA system activates mitigation strategies to bring the aircraft back to a safe state. The main efforts in Phase I are: (1) develop the RTA system in a desktop simulation environment using a challenge problem with a specific advanced control system applied to a specific flight test vehicle that is of interest to NASA Armstrong, (2) integrate the RTA system into a NASA flight test experiment processing environment, (3) generalize the RTA design approach, and (4) prepare for SUAS Phase II flight tests by designing a flight test article and flight test experiment plan. The unmanned, small scale Phase II flight test will lay the groundwork for larger scale Phase III flight test in manned aircraft at NASA or other test facilities.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The developed technologies will help advanced NASA AFRC flight testing efforts by providing trusted, automatic safety monitoring and mitigation measures. This will ease the burden on the flight test pilots from continually monitoring for unsafe conditions, which can often occur faster than a human pilot can recognize and react to in the first place. This added level of protection will also allow expanded flight envelope testing of more complex, advanced control, guidance, mission management/planning systems, and other onboard support technologies, such as vehicle health monitoring.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The developed technologies will help advanced flight testing efforts of DoD services, such as the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as defense agencies, such as DARPA, as well as commercial airline services. Other potential opportunities in commercial markets will be in unmanned systems applications. There is substantial interest in unmanned systems that can think on their own and react to unforeseen events without the need for human control and intervention. More commercial companies continue to see the benefits of such tools in helping to deliver their products, manage construction of equipment, process hardware, perform automated tasks, etc. Such unmanned platforms range from airborne vehicles, to unmanned ground vehicles, to robotic applications. Errors, breakdowns, faults and unforeseen characteristics will be commonplace when utilizing these types of advanced autonomy, and there is critical need for runtime protection that can provably bound the behaviors of these unmanned, autonomous systems to avoid unsafe conditions or costly accidents.

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)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Man-Machine Interaction
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Process Monitoring & Control
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)

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