NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Communication for Space-Based Range
PROPOSAL TITLE:Small Satellite Transceiver for Launch Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
NAL Research Corporation
9300 West Courthouse Road, Suite 102
Manassas, VA 20110-1807
(703) 392-5676

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ngoc   Hoang
9300 West Courthouse Road, Suite 102
Manassas, VA  20110-1807
(703) 392-5676

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NAL Research Corporation proposes to develop a small, light-weight, low-cost transceivers capable of establishing satellite communications links for telemetry and control during the launch and ascent stages of flight. The proposed transceiver will offer continuous and truly global coverage. When data are sent from a launch vehicle, the signals are received immediately by one of the LEO satellites and relayed in real-time to command and control center via either Public Switched Telephone Network/Public Data Networks (PSTN/PDN), directly to another transceiver, through the Internet or through a direct IP address. The entire process can take a fraction of a second. This will provide electronic global access to airborne vehicles from any place.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Satellite transceivers have many useful applications within NASA. They can be implemented on the following platforms to relay data from remote regions including launch vehicles, sounding rockets, high-altitude environmental research aircraft, general aviation aircraft, oceanographic platforms, remote sensor platforms, high-altitude balloons, just to name a few.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Satellite transceivers can be extremely useful in many applications. Ships, airplanes and trucks have relied on geostationary satellites to provide mobile satellite services for years. Now, LEO satellite transceiver will soon make mobile satellite services available for individuals. Any type of transmission, internet connection, voice, fax, data or paging, will soon be able to reach its destination anywhere on the planet. The system will simplify communications for business professionals such as salespeople, field producers and reporters for television networks, construction engineers sending plan revisions, oil-company geologists uploading test results, just to name a few. People who live in thinly populated areas that will never be covered by regular cellular phone service, travelers, private pilots, yachtsmen and disaster relief teams will benefit from the LEO satellite-based transceivers as well.

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.

Air Revitalization and Conditioning
Architectures and Networks
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Biomass Production and Storage
Biomedical and Life Support
Biomolecular Sensors
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Earth-Supplied Resource Utilization
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Manned-Manuvering Units
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Pilot Support Systems
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Waste Processing and Reclamation
Wireless Distribution

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