NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S5.03-8527
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Surface and Subsurface Robotic Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Space/Flight Operable Miniature Six Axis Transducer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
FUTEK ADVANCED SENSOR TECHNOLOGY, INC.
10 THOMAS
IRVINE, CA 92618 - 2702
(949) 465-0900

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
JOHN P VARGAS
john@futek.com
10 THOMAS
IRVINE, CA 92618 - 2702
(949) 465-0900

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
New & innovative technologies are needed to support exploration of remote & presently inaccessible terrain features on Mars & enable surface & subsurface material sampling. Key among those new technologies is the ability to measure & control force & torque loads on robotic arms, tether play-out & directional systems & subsurface boring systems. Presently available multi-axis sensors do not support all of these mission requirements, particularly with respect to small size, low mass & low-temperature survivability & operation. This innovative development will produce a force/moment feedback sensor that can reliably operate in spaceflight/Mars environments that would fully support this planetary mission. FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. has the Mars hardware development experience & industry know-how to design & develop the required compact, low mass, 6-axis multi-component cryogenic transducer.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Get full 6 axis force/moment feedback in cryogenic and vacuum environments from:
•Drilling profiles
•Robotic Arms
•Flight controls
•Operator Platforms
•Thruster power and direction

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Get full 6 axis force/moment feedback in cryogenic and vacuum environments from:
•Cold regions drilling
•High altitude aerospace applications
•Telecommunication Satellite controls
•Environmental testing
•Unmanned vehicles
•Robotic Assembly/Part Insertion
•Suspension Systems

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
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Biomedical and Life Support
Data Input/Output Devices
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Computer Interfaces
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Instrumentation
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Intelligence
Manipulation
Manned-Maneuvering Units
Mobility
Perception/Sensing
Pilot Support Systems
Ultra-High Density/Low Power


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