National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Small Business Innovation Research & Technology Transfer 2008 Program Solicitations

Chapter 9.1.4

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The Space Operations Mission Directorate provides the foundation for NASA’s space programs — space travel for human and robotic missions, in-space laboratories, processing and operations of space systems, and the means to return data to the Earth. The role of the directorate is to provide the operational capabilities for the agency. These capabilities must continue to evolve synergistically with the directorate guiding the development and enhancement of operational systems (e.g., communications and navigation, space transportation, launch range safety, processing and on-board operations). Also as the Exploration Program provides new capabilities, operation of future spacecraft and new missions that must be integrated into the evolving operational capability and have the potential to vary in size and complexity from micro satellites to manned missions. The Space Operations Mission Directorate provides space access and operations for our customers with a high standard of safety, reliability, and affordability. In support of the Vision for Space Exploration, the Space Operations Mission Directorate will marshal its SBIR efforts around a key enabling transformational technology: Affordable communications and navigation for exploration, human operation in space, science and space access services and operations. We go forward as explorers and as scientists to understand the universe in which we live.

TOPIC O1 Space Communications
O1.01 Coding, Modulation, and Compression
O1.02 Antenna Technology
O1.03 Reconfigurable/Reprogrammable Communication Systems
O1.04 Miniaturized Digital EVA Radio
O1.05 Communication for Space-Based Range
O1.06 Long Range Optical Telecommunications
O1.07 Long Range Space RF Telecommunications
O1.08 Lunar Surface Communication Networks and Orbit Access Links
O1.09 Software for Space Communications Infrastructure Operations

TOPIC O2 Space Transportation
O2.01 Automated Collection and Transfer of Launch Range Surveillance/Intrusion Data
O2.02 Ground Test Facility Instrumentation

TOPIC O3 Processing and Operations
O3.01 Crew Health and Safety Including Medical Operations
O3.02 Human Interface Systems and Technologies for Spacesuits
O3.03 Vehicle Integration and Ground Processing

TOPIC O4 Navigation
O4.01 Metric Tracking of Launch Vehicles
O4.02 Precision Spacecraft Navigation and Tracking
O4.03 Lunar Surface Navigation
O4.04 Timing

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