NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-2 H9.02-7583
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Space Communication Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 North Creek Parkway South, Suite D113
Bothell, WA 98011 - 8808
(425) 486-0100

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tyrel Newton
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., D113
Bothell, WA 98011 - 8804
(425) 486-0100 Extension :863

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Hoyt
11711 North Creek Parkway South, Suite D113
Bothell, WA 98011 - 8808
(425) 486-0100

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Advanced Space Communication Systems 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)
The OpenSWIFT-SDR Phase II effort will build upon our highly successful Phase I effort by extending the capabilities of the SWIFT-SDR platform and develop technologies needed for NASA?s next generation satellite communication architecture. The SWIFT software defined radio is a proven, SWaP-C (size, weight, power, and cost) efficient RF communications, signal processing, and general computing platform delivering on-orbit reprogrammability and flexibility for space missions. TUI plans to investigate and implement cognitive radio technologies on the SWIFT platform that will reduce mission planning and mission implementation costs by providing a standardized, robust, hardware and software platform that can dynamically adjust to a rapidly changing space communications environment. By using the mature SWIFT radio as a basis for integrating these solutions, and implementing NASA's STRS standard for radio software, TUI is in a strong position to continue research and develop cognitive radio solutions that benefit a wide variety of NASA science missions and future radio customers through tested, reusable, and portable software and firmware.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The OpenSWIFT technology has multiple opportunities for NASA small satellite missions. TUI has previously delivered flight and development S-Band and X-Band units to NASA Marshall to support CubeSat missions, and successfully completed compatibility testing with NASA's Near Earth Network (NEN). With the achievements made in the Phase I, we have implemented a HAL that has made SWIFT-SDR Space Telecommunication Radio System (STRS) compatible. STRS has also influenced the architecture decisions of our next generation Baseband Processor currently under development to support several commercial . Having a reliable STRS-compatible platform, NASA missions can utilize the SWIFT-SDR as a proven user terminal, capitalizing on cognitive research performed, or as an accessible development platform to rapidly develop and test new technologies. TUI has already secured funding for and is developing a Ka-Band Radio Frequency (RF) transmitter frontend, which will cover the NEN and TDRS Ka frequency bands.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
As the radio frequency spectrum continues to be more congested, the need to more efficiently use spectrum, sense channel characteristics, respond to dynamic channels, and mitigate interference is critical. We will reach out to DoD customers, such as the US Army, and US Air Force where the cognitive capabilities could benefit them as they look to improve upon their current communication systems, and develop future small satellite systems. Additionally, the OpenSWIFT cognitive solutions will benefit the many commercial small satellite customers who are using the SWIFT-SDRs as Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) and mission data delivery subsystems by enabling unprecedented efficiency, quantity and reliability in data return and commanding.

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)
Sequencing & Scheduling
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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