NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 X14.01-8338
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space-Based Industries
PROPOSAL TITLE:Simulating Emerging Space Industries with Agent-Based Modeling

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SPACEWORKS ENGINEERING, INC. (SEI)
1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 506
Atlanta ,GA 30338 - 4747
(770) 379 - 8007

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
A.C.   Charania
ac@sei.aero
1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 506
Atlanta, GA  30338 -4747
(770) 379 - 8006

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) calls for encouraging commercial participation as a top-level objective. Given current and future commercial activities, how should the government satisfy this objective? How can simulation of future companies determine the most likely to emerge? This innovation seeks to answer such questions envisioning a diverse set of four possible future space companies (orbital habitats/hotels, orbital tourist delivery, propellant depots, lunar excursion tourism, and lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization), examining their business case in spreadsheet-based models (both deterministically and probabilistically), modeling them in a higher fidelity agent-based modeling (ABM) environment (that is new to the aerospace industry but has been used by the authors of the proposal), determining the impact on a company's financial bottom-line, and finding potential cost savings to the government of using those products and services in future space exploration activities. Phase I will entail basic research of each of the four of case studies (or companies) as they are referred to here, spreadsheet-based modeling and analysis of each case study, and preliminary definition of the behaviors required for agent-based modeling. Phase II will entail development of a high fidelity, agent-based model of each company, their competitors, and their customers (commercial and the government).

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The effect of government actions can be modeled to provide clarity as to the appropriate actions to meet the commercialization objectives of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE). This innovation could also be helpful to any innovative program acquisition activity that the government wishes to develop. Examples of this include venture capital arms of the government similar to the Central Intelligence Agency's In-Q-Tel or the nascent NASA Headquarters-based Innovative Programs Office currently being managed by Brant Sponberg.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
There is potential within this innovation for the commercial industry to be able to guide its strategic decisions based upon quantitative analysis. They will be able to judge the impact of future scenarios given potential actions on the part of competitors, customers, and the government.

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