NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-2 S5.04-9755
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Rendezvous and Docking Technologies for Orbiting Sample Capture
PROPOSAL TITLE: SPHERES MOSR Rendezvous and Docking with the OS (RDOS)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive
Manassas, VA 20110 - 2702
(703) 396-6329

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James Francis
1 Broadway, 12th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 - 1189
(617) 500-0276

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In order to support the tools needed to develop the Mars Sample Return (MSR) rendezvous and capture of the Orbiting Sample (OS), Aurora and MIT Space Systems Lab proposed the development of the Mars Orbiting Sample Return (MOSR) Rendezvous & Docking with the OS (RDOS) system. This system supports development of GN&C algorithms to address the "last few meters" operation between the chaser spacecraft and OS and extends the capabilities of the current SPHERES MOSR test bed. During Phase 1, the team demonstrated the feasibility of the visual navigation and controls infrastructure for the test bed. During Phase 2, the team proposes to integrate these capabilities into the test bed while engaging the NASA safety process throughout the development effort, resulting in ISS flight payload hardware ready for environmental testing and safety approval.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
• Mars Sample Return Mission
• Cometary and other missions involving sample transfer in orbit to a return vehicle
• Other missions involving on-orbit rendezvous and docking/capture
• Flat floor, parabolic flight, and on-orbit implementations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
• Similar capabilities offered to DoD or industry researchers who require a testbed for rendezvous and capture operations

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Testing Facilities

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