NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S3.01-9743
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Avionics and Electronics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Multicore rad hard processing in space

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Space Micro, Inc.
10401 Roselle Street, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92121 - 1526
(858) 332-0700

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David J. Strobel
10401 Roselle Street, Ste 400
San Diego, CA 92121 - 1526
(858) 332-0700

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4 to 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Space Micro proposes to research and develop a high performance computing/processing platform for NASA space missions. Leveraging our previous work for both NASA and DoD we will apply our patented techniques for space radiation mitigation and hardening which will allow very advanced COTS processors to survive in space environments. Use of high speed emerging multicore processors enables unprecedented throughput in space to support new missions and applications.
At the end of Phase 1 we will have demonstrated, by analysis and limited lab testing, the technical feasibility.(TRL=2-3). In Phase 2 we will develop an engineering model of this processing card, and demonstrate in relevant ground-based radiation simulators (Proton, heavy ion)- TRL=5-6 at end of Phase 2, and ready to launch as a standard space product.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Virtually all NASA space programs have a demand for this proposed technology and product. NASA applications range from advanced space telescopes, space station, earth sensing missions e.g. (EOS), and deep space missions. NASA programs/missions that will benefit include lunar landers and orbiters, Mars missions, solar system exploration e.g. (Titan, Juno, Europa, comet nucleus return, New Discovery and Living with a Star (LWS). New programs including Ares, the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and Commercial Orbiter Transportation Service (COTS) would benefit. Products evolving from this SBIR will be enabling for future programs such as Dawn, Aquarius, Kepler, Ocean Vector Winds, and space interferometry.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology may benefit commercial space platforms, both LEO and GEO telecommunication satellites, such as Intelsat, Direct TV, XM radio, Lockheed's A2100, and Boeing's HS-601.

Civil earth sensing applications such as weather/metrology applications e.g. (NOAA) can also benefit.

This technology and products will also address emerging MDA radiation threats. These programs include MKV THAAD, AEGIS, and GMD for Blocks 2012 and beyond. With the new challenge of atmospheric neutrons to MDA High altitude airship (HAA) programs and NASA or Air Force UAV programs, this R&D will be a timely solution.

Other military applications may include strategic missiles (Trident and AF upgrades), as well as many DoD tactical weapon programs with nuclear survival levels.

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.

Radiation-Hard/Resistant Electronics
Ultra-High Density/Low Power

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