NASA SBIR 2019-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 19-2- Z4.02-3197
 In-Space Sub-Modular Assembly
 Modular Palletizing System for In-Space Assembly
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
510 Earl Boulevard
Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 320-1877

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason Hermiller
510 Earl Boulevard
Miamisburg, OH 45342 - 6411
(937) 320-1877

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Carri Miller
510 Earl Boulevard
Miamisburg, OH 45342 - 6411
(937) 320-1877

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 4
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) proposes the development of a modular palletizing system to facilitate automated transport, placement, and exchange of mission payloads in space. CRG will demonstrate a mechanically robust, self-aligning, and electrically isolating payload module connector system capable of supporting integrated electrical and communication connections. The proposed approach can be expanded to later include other types of integrated connections. This state-of-the-art palletizing system, will facilitate self-aligning and reversible mounting of both pallet decking onto backbone structures (e.g. trusses) and multiple payloads onto the pallet. This unique joining system provides NASA with a reliable, scalable structural assembly capability that can be used with autonomous systems. Leveraging CRG’s prior development work on shape memory polymer fastening systems and actuators, the proposed R&D herein will provide NASA with a multifunctional joining system with technology readiness level (TRL) of 5 at the conclusion of the Phase II effort.


Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
  • In-Space structural assembly and construction
  • International Space Station expansion and refurbishment
  • Moon to Mars Campaign
  • Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract
  • Satellites, solar arrays, and deployable structures
  • Manned and unmanned space vehicles
  • Payload attachment and removal
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
  • DoD and commercial satellite construction, expansion, and refurbishment
  • Reusable launch vehicles and payload delivery systems
  • Space transportation vehicles
  • Remote terrestrial shelter construction
Duration: 24

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