NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S2.01-8602
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Precision Spacecraft Formations for Telescope Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Fault-Tolerant Relative Navigation System (RNS) for Docking

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SySense, Inc.
300 East Magnolia Suite 300
Burbank, CA 91502 - 1156
(818) 238-2330

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Walton Williamson
walton@sysense.com
300 East Magnolia Suite 300
Burbank, CA 91502 - 1156
(818) 238-2330

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 2 to 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A method is propsed to develop a sensor fusion process for blending GPS/IMU/EO data for fault tolerant rendezvous and docking of spacecraft. The methodology takes advantage of analytic redundancy between the GPS and EO sensor technology. Using advanced fault detection, identification, and reconfiguration (FDIR) technology, the method will guarantee navigation functionality in the presence of failures in either the GPS or the EO sytsem guaranteeing safety of operations in the safety critical docking operation.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This system has applications to a variety of formation flight technologies including providing high precision relative position, velocity, and attitude information between multiple vehicles reliably and with high integrity. The system is most applicable to any situation in which two vehicles are attempting to dock while in space.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This system has applications to space craft, communication satellites, and military applications requiring precision formation flight. It is also applicable to other precision and high integrity applications such as automated aerial refueling and automated landing.

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
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety


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