NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-2 T13.01-9746
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Embedded Intelligent Sensor Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Modular Embedded Intelligent Sensor Network

NAME: Angstrom Designs, Inc. NAME: The Regents of the University of California
STREET: P.O. Box 2032 STREET: 342 Lagoon Road, Mail Code 2055
CITY: Santa Barbara CITY: Santa Barbara
STATE/ZIP: CA  93120 - 4914 STATE/ZIP: CA  93106 - 2055
PHONE: (805) 284-4535 PHONE: (805) 893-5197

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Vinh Tran
417 Santa Barbara Street, B7
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - 2377
(408) 915-8345

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Casey Hare
P.O. Box 2032
Santa Barbara, CA 93120 - 4914
(805) 876-4138

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Embedded Intelligent Sensor 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)

No existing commercial wireless sensor network option meets NASAs current needs for flexibility, size, mass and resilience to extreme environments. The proposed innovation is a MEIS network which combines any number and any type of sensors into a wireless sensor network (WSN), with each of the sensors being motes, or nodes, on the network. The network will be self-healing and self-configuring. Each mote will consist of three parts: a communication module, a sensor module, and a power module, and be fit for rugged applications, including for spaceflight hardware. There will also be a gateway, which acts as an interface to the outside world. At the minimum, a MEIS network requires one sensor node and one gateway.

As a result of significant technical effort, the Phase I was successful in delivering a prototype proving the modular embedded wireless sensor (MEIS) network concept. This also reduces our risk in proceeding forward with our design. The prototype includes hardware and software, both custom designed by Angstrom Designs. 

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Highly modular, remote sensors are of interest to many NASA tests and missions. Real-time data from sensor networks reduces risk and provides data for future design improvements. For example, sensor networks on a vehicle body can give measurement of temperature, pressure, strain and acoustics. This data is used in real time to determine safety margins and test anomalies. The data is also used post-test to correlate analytical models and optimize vehicle and test design. Because these sensors are small and low mass, they can be used for ground test and for flight. Sensor module miniaturization will further reduce size, mass and cost. Small sensors can be placed in formerly inaccessible locations and can wirelessly provide new insights on system behavior. Wireless remote sensors can be used for thermal, structural and acoustic measurement of systems and subsystems and also provide emergency system halt instructions in the case of leaks, fire or structural failure. Other examples of potential NASA applications include 1) measuring strain in test structures, ground support equipment and vehicles, include high-risk deployables, 2) measuring temperature, strain, voltage and current from power storage and generation systems and 3) measuring pressure, strain and temperature in pumps and pressure vessels. There are many other applications that would benefit from increased, real-time sensing in remote, hard-to-test locations.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are many potential commercial applications. As with NASA, the commercial sector would benefit from data that shows real time performance, gives greater test safety and correlates models to enhance design. Angstrom Designs is very familiar with the deployable solar array market, and solar array structures designers could use sensor arrays for many applications, including 1) measuring strain in structures to verify design models, 2) measuring loads and strain in ground support equipment (GSE) to determine GSE effects on ground testing and 3) measuring sensor position and acceleration to determine deployment dynamics. Similar examples exist in flight and ground test for many of the components of spacecraft, from power systems to structures to pressure vessels to propulsion systems. Additional sensing capability will benefit the largest GEO-communications satellite and the smallest CubeSat. Every spacecraft has critical systems and subsystems that, given additional sensing, could be made more efficient, more reliable and safer. These systems could benefit in design, ground test and, potentially, flight operations. Additionally, sensing of ground test equipment can validate the impact of GSE on test results.

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)

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