NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 X6.01-8839
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Robotic Systems for Human Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: GameSAT: Game-based situational awareness and telepresence

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
BreakAway, Ltd.
10150 York Road Suite 250
Hunt Valley, MD 21030 - 3346
(410) 683-1702

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrew House
10150 York Road Suite 250
Hunt Valley, MD 21030 - 3346
(410) 683-1702

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose that a virtual environment is necessary to allow NASA robot engineers and operators to study rover design concepts, develop user interfaces and focus on providing the highest possible level of situational awareness and telepresence possible. The two main areas of research for this virtual environment focus upon:
• determining the appropriate level of modeling and simulation required for the environment, and
• the on-going use of the virtual world as a sandbox or testbed for robot experimentation and analysis.
We intend to research and develop GameSAT, a game technology based virtual world sandbox to study rover design concepts and perfect the user interfaces, situational awareness and telepresence needed to use those rovers in a lunar mixed human/robot environment. GameSAT is envisioned to interface with existing systems to allow current NASA tools to operate a virtual rover in our simulation, a rover on the test range or the moon seamlessly – invisible to the current control tools.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Direct to NASA GameSAT has relevance within the Constellation program planning for our next series of missions to the moon. The program will provide an immediate relief for frustrations felt by NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG). We believe research and development of this program will advance the rover capabilities at IRG and provide increased situational awareness and telepresence for the human operators of robots used in lunar and Mars exploration. In addition, GameSAT will provide a virtual testbed to allow researchers to push the limits of experimentation with future concepts.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The research in Phase I of the GameSAT project and the tools developed in Phase II and III are applicable to five categories of commercial applications: infusion into NASA programs, incorporation into our existing serious game products to increase the user base and functionality offered, development funded/license supported new applications for new robot operator markets including: military (aerial, surface & submarine), homeland defense/disaster response, mining, factory and laboratory, sales to device manufacturers for experimentation and inclusion in our GameSAT products, and use within technical education as part of the STEM effort targeting robotics.

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
Human-Computer Interfaces
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
K-12 Outreach
Mission Training

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