NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 X6.01-8829
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation
PROPOSAL TITLE: Adaptive Automation for Anomaly Resolution

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TRACLabs, Inc.
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216 - 1234
(281) 461-7886

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Russell Bonasso
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio, TX 78216 - 1234
(281) 461-7886

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
As ground operations personnel and crew manage the operations of orbiting and exploration spacecraft, inevitably anomalies will arise. Resolving anomalies in real-time and preventing their future occurrence can be difficult. Operations personnel must capture the conditions leading up to the anomaly from voluminous telemetry logs; the development of a workaround is a trial and error process; users must also determine if the anomaly affects a piece of equipment or a class of equipment; and the reconfiguration of the equipment under the conditions of the anomaly may preclude certain other operations. Using software from previous research, we propose to design and develop an automation framework that provides 1) the ability to capture the system configuration at the time of the anomaly, using processed telemetry and execution states from both plan and procedure execution; 2) a workaround authoring capability to produce first flight notes and eventually full workaround procedures, derived from the original procedures; 3) the ability to efficiently modify the preconditions and the effects of the workaround as well as the configuration of the underlying models and the affected operational constraints; and 4) an interactive ability to generate operations plans that use the workaround procedures to test the workarounds, new operational constraints and other affected procedures.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Mission planning and execution is at the core of all space missions in order to efficiently employ high cost space assets such as astronauts, equipment, vehicles and communication links. Since anomaly resolution is essential to executing both plans and procedures, our technologies will have applications across many NASA programs, from Mission Control to on-board NASA vehicles and outposts. Because this development will have been done in concert with MCC flight controllers, we believe its use will resonate with program managers in the mission operations directorate. We expect applications of our technology to impact ISS operations by streamlining and reducing errors in anomaly resolution, but also a variety of research programs, such as the new Mission Control Technologies (MCT) software being developed by Alan Crocker of NASA JSC DS. Our work will provide a connection to automated planning technology development ongoing at NASA Ames in support of automation for operations. We will work closely with Dr. Jeremy Frank at NASA ARC during Phase 1 to ensure our relevance to those projects.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The number of robotic entities becoming available for military operations is increasing dramatically and their capabilities are evolving at a rapid pace. Rather than being used as scarce, specialized resources, these entities will be relied upon to play an integral role on the future battlefield. As the military begins to move from teleoperations to semi-autonomous and autonomous operations, it will be plagued with the same anomaly resolution problems as NASA. Our technology will again serve as a unifying framework to streamline and reduce errors in problem resolution related to integrated human and robotic systems. A mirror of NASA space operations are operations in refineries, chemical plants, nuclear and other power plants and any installation that has established standard operating procedures that must be carefully followed under often stressful situations. As these industries move to electronic procedures tied to system telemetry and integrated with planning for more efficient and safe operations, they will require our anomaly resolution framework to streamline and reduce errors in problem resolution.

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.)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Command & Control
Computer System Architectures
Data Modeling (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Development Environments
Knowledge Management
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Process Monitoring & Control
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)

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