NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 E1.02-9537
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Nano/Micro Satellite Launch Vehicle Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Wireless Intra-vehicle Communication System (WICS)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Invocon, Inc.
19221 IH 45 South, Suite 530
Conroe, TX 77385 - 8746
(281) 292-9903

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Paul Zymowski
19221 IH 45 South, Suite 530
Conroe, TX 77385 - 8746
(281) 292-9903 Extension :114

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aaron Trott
19221 IH 45 South, Suite 530
Conroe, TX 77385 - 8746
(281) 292-9903 Extension :121

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Nano/Micro Satellite Launch Vehicle Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Invocon's Wireless Intra-vehicle Communication System (WICS) is being designed as an enabling technology for low-cost launch vehicles. It will reduce the cost of these vehicles in primarily three ways:

1. Minimizing vehicle weight by decreasing bulky cables and connectors - this increases the useful payload and decreases the propulsion requirements.
2. Minimizing physical interconnects - this simplifies integration, testing, and launch control and thereby decreases the labor involved in these tasks.
3. Enabling testing at the vehicle or module level - this reduces the total amount of testing at the component level resulting in a smaller required test budget. It also reduces the mass of enclosures required in the vehicle.

WICS will operate wireless networks as part of the closed-loop Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system and the vehicle's data acquisition system. The two networks share many characteristics while diverging in a few areas based on their specific constraints. The TVC network must minimize latency and maximize both throughput and reliability. The data acquisition network must include paths from many locations througout the vehicle. In order to maximize the return from Phase I, Invocon will concentrate its effort on developing proof-of-concept hardware and emphasize initial software development for the critical control application.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary NASA applications include the enabling of low cost launch vehicles and sounding rockets. This will contribute to NASA's ability to more economically launch its small satellite experiments. Other NASA flight vehicles that can make use of this instrumentation include fixed wing, rotor wing, and lighter-than-air.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Many potential Non-NASA applications of this technology exist, particularly in the aerospace industry. Specifically, there is a large backlog of CubeSats waiting for launch. The low-cost launch vehicles that WICS will enable are intended to help reduce this backlog and provide the industry with consistent, low-cost access to space. The military is also interested in low-cost, quick access to space for mission-specific CubeSats as well as for low-cost target missiles. The proposed technology is an excellent resource for these purposes. In addition to launch vehicles, wireless control technology can be used to decrease the weight and cost of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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.)
Ad-Hoc Networks (see also Sensors)
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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