NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S5.02-9396
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Accommodation and Mitigation of Space Environmental Effects
PROPOSAL TITLE:MISTI Shielding and Dosimetry Experiment

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
PR&T, Inc.
1997 Katie Ct.
Fallbrook ,CA 92028 - 8117
(760) 451 - 2256

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James   Pickel
jim@pickel.net
1997 Katie Ct.
Fallbrook, CA  92028 -8117
(760) 451 - 2256

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Reliable on-orbit dosimetry is necessary for understanding effects of space radiation environments on spacecraft microelectronics performance and comparison of on-orbit results to ground-based testing and modeling. Understanding dosimetry at the micro-level is becoming increasingly necessary as microelectronic devices become more complex. Several innovative dosimetry approaches are under development by various groups to meet these needs. Spot shielding is commonly used to increase survivability of unhardened microelectronics in spacecraft design. The efficacy of spot shielding to reduce the TID effects has recently come into question, with spot shielded FPGA devices degrading faster than unshielded devices on an MPTB space experiment. A study is underway to understand this anomalous result and one product of the study will be a prototype space experiment board focused on testing spot shielding. Both the dosimetry issue and the spot shielding issue are critical to use of COTS microelectronics in space system design. We propose to combine the spot shielding experiment with emerging dosimetry approaches and develop hardware and software for a space experiment that provides real-time dosimetry from multiple dosimetry types. The experiment will be designed using an innovative low power experiment card with plans for integration on the Space Environment Testbed (SET) Carrier.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Demonstration of effective real-time dosimetry for spacecraft and resolution of the spot shielding anomaly would benefit all future NASA spaceflights by making the microelectronics more reliable.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
All commercial space systems would benefit from the increased reliability of the microelectronics that would be engendered by the results of this work.

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.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics


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