National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Small Business Innovation Research & Technology Transfer 2009 Program Solicitations

Chapter 9.1.4

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The Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD) 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 daily operational capabilities for the agency. These capabilities: Communications and Navigation; Space Transportation; Launch Range Safety and Processing and On-board Operations must continue to evolve synergistically as the directorate guides their development and enhancement. In addition, as the Exploration Program provides new capabilities, potentially varying in size and complexity from micro satellites to manned missions, operation of these future spacecraft and missions must be integrated into SOMD’s evolving operational capability. In summary, 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 four key technology areas: (1) Space Communications; (2) Space Transportation; (3) Processing and Operations; and (4) Navigation enabling efficient and affordable technology development for 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 Transformational Communications Technology
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 Data (Surveillance/Intrusion, Weather)
O2.02 Ground Test Facility Technologies

TOPIC O3 Processing and Operations
O3.01 Human Interface Systems and Technologies
O3.02 Vehicle Integration and Ground Processing
O3.03 Enabling Research for ISS

TOPIC O4 Navigation
O4.01 Metric Tracking of Launch Vehicles
O4.02 On-orbit PNT (Positioning, Navigation, and Timing) Sensors and Components
O4.03 Lunar Surface Navigation
O4.04 Flight Dynamics Technologies and Software
O4.05 Space-Based Range Technologies

TOPIC O5 Low-Cost and Reliable Access to Space (LCRATS)
A2.01 Materials and Structures for Future Aircraft
X5.01 Composite Structures - Practical Monitoring and NDE for Composite Structures
X5.03 Composite Structures - Manufacturing
X9.01 Ablative Thermal Protection Systems
X9.02 Advanced Integrated Hypersonic Entry Systems
O3.02 Vehicle Integration and Ground Processing

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