NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 X14.01-9184
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space-Based Industries
PROPOSAL TITLE:Telerobotic Satellite Servicing for Space System Life Extension and Performance Enhancement

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
AeroAstro, Inc.
20145 Ashbrook Place
Ashburn ,VA 20147 - 3373
(703) 723 - 9800

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brook   Sullivan
brook.sullivan@aeroastro.com
20145 Ashbrook Place
Ashburn, VA  20147 -3373
(703) 723 - 9800

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
By examining the occurrence rates and types of actual on-orbit failures, a failure servicing industry can be projected. Similarly, by examining the lifetimes of working or recently retired spacecraft, a lifetime extension servicing market can be characterized. By examining actual historic servicing opportunities and combining this information with consideration of operational uncertainties, it is possible to define a set of servicers that range from low to high in mass, required servicing capability, lifetime risk to the serviced spacecraft, and potential economic return. This knowledge in turn will show how a set of increasingly capable servicers can establish an economically viable on-orbit telerobotic satellite servicing industry. Development of servicer design requirements will serve to identify key technologies. The applicability of these commercial capabilities to Exploration related assets and missions will also be examined.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Potential NASA applications include failure mitigation and lifetime extension of high value assets for both current and Exploration related orbital assets. Extension of these initial capabilities could include on-orbit assembly of Lunar or Mars bound vehicles.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Potential Non-NASA commercial applications include failure mitigation of such mission-threatening anomalies as incorrect initial orbit delivery, deployment anomalies, ORU failure, and others. Lifetime extension services include relocation services, retirement services, refueling, critical component replacement, ORU level upgrades and others.

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
Database Development and Interfacing
Expert Systems
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Manipulation
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Teleoperation


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