NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-F5.02-9427 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 033578)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Robotics for Crew Assistance, and for On-orbit/Planetary Assembly, Maintenance and Servicing
PROPOSAL TITLE:SmartTopo Intelligent Real-Time Topographic Information Collection System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Rapid Imaging Software Inc
1318 Ridgecrest Place S.E.
Albuquerque ,NM 87108 - 5136
(505) 265 - 7020

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mike   Abernathy
mike@landform.com
1318 Ridgecrest Place S.E.
Albuquerque ,NM  87108 -5136
(505) 265 - 7020
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
This program will result in the creation of the first technology designed to provide robotic explorer vehicles with the ability to ?learn and remember? the terrain over which they travel. While it is described as a geographic information system it will be used to explore artificial satellites like the space shuttle as well as planet surfaces. The SmartTopo software system will be developed to be portable and robust so that it can be used by NASA in a variety of general and embedded applications. It will be used in robotic inspection of spacecraft on-orbit, and as such will aid NASA in Return to Flight.

The idea is simple ? a robot explorer (aircraft, spacecraft, satellite, planetary rover or submersible) will be sent forth with an internal digital map of the topography of an area to explore. As exploration proceeds sensors on the explorer will collect data as always, but now the SmartTopo software will process the data and update the original digital map data in real time. This will result in a higher resolution topographic model of the surface area over which the explorer is collecting data.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The SmartTopo technology will be used to inspect spacecraft for damage on-orbit using data from robotic sensors. It will also be used to topographically map asteroids and other planets.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
This technology will be used in civil engineering for site preparation. It will also be used in reconnaissance and surveillance systems like those currently in use by military and security forces.