NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Integrated Systems Health Management
PROPOSAL TITLE:Automated Fault Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Recovery in Spacecraft Power Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Qualtech Systems, Inc.
100 Great Meadow Rd., Suite 603
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2355
(860) 257-8014

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sudipto   Ghoshal
100 Great Meadow Rd., Suite 603
Wethersfield, CT  06109-2355
(860) 257-8014

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Constellation Program, the next frontier of NASA's space exploration plan, targets for manned mission to Moon and Mars. The missions under this program will be of long-duration and far more critical than any previous manned mission. Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM), which includes fault detection, diagnosis, and prognosis, has been recognized as one of the critical processes that will enhance system functionality, mission success probability and crew safety for these missions. In addition, ISHM should support in deciding reactionary actions in response to a system failure or a failure precursor, i.e., the system recovery functions. Spacecrafts for the constellation program requires a significant degree of autonomy ? that includes the ability to monitor their own health and perform mission objectives in the wake of unexpected events (faults, failures, etc). In response to the needs stated in the solicitation topic x2.01, Qualtech Systems, Inc. (QSI) proposes to develop novel diagnostic, prognostic, degradation analysis and automated recovery techniques for spacecraft power systems. The proposed effort will use reactive mission planner technologies for formulating recovery options and mission re-planning to accommodate for degradation in power systems. Inclusion of the resulting technologies will streamline cost of long-duration space missions and enhance the mission success probabilities.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Resulting technologies from proposed effort will aid in streamlining the mission planning and support cost for NASA's Constellation Program. The efforts will also lead to techniques and software packages that will be readily deployable for integrated system health management (ISHM) in Orion, the crew exploration vehicle (CEV) of the constellation program. The technologies and processes can be utilized in the crew launch vehicle (CLV) and long-duration unmanned space missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Aviation industry (and operators), commercial communication satellite manufacturers and operators, automotive industries and cruise ship operators are the potential non-NASA civil sectors who will be interested in this technology. Fault diagnosis, prognosis, degradation analysis and automated recovery are of special importance to these sectors. In addition, all these industries are interested to employ reactive mission planning into their manufacturing and/or service operations. DoD, Navy, Airforce, and MDA are the potential military customers of the resulting technology. These agencies will be specifically interested into the automated reactive mission planning process.

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.

Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Pilot Support Systems
Power Management and Distribution

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