NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 H6.01-8798
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation
PROPOSAL TITLE: Balancing Autonomous Spacecraft Activity Control With An Integrated Scheduler-Planner And Reactive Executive

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Red Canyon Software
1200 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80210 - 2562
(303) 864-0556

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Robert Radicevich
1200 Pennsylvania Street, Ste 100
Denver, CO 80203 - 2562
(303) 864-0556

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kristin Thomas
1200 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80210 - 2562
(303) 864-0556

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation 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)
Spacecraft operations demand a high level of responsiveness in dynamic environments. During operations, it is possible for unexpected events and anomalies to disrupt the mission schedule, and in the case of critical faults, even threaten the health and safety of the spacecraft. Historically, it has been the responsibility of the mission operations team on the ground to issue command sequences and monitor spacecraft health and status to ensure that long-term science, engineering, and safety goals are achieved. Red Canyon Software is building upon previous designs for on-board, layered autonomous software flight systems employing continuous planning and command sequencing. The proposed innovation increases the robustness of on-board autonomy for space vehicle operation, while at the same time offers reductions in mission development costs by leveraging off of newer flight proven software technologies. Also, developing, verifying, and validating spacecraft activity and constraint models for use with model-based autonomous planners and reactive sequencers are difficult and complex activities. For robust, on-board autonomous systems with multiple layers of software performing varying levels of constraint checking prior to activity planning and command sequencing, more than one layer will need to be configured with the same model constraints. To reduce the cost and risk of model development and use, a single, shared spacecraft domain model representation is proposed, along with development of a graphical editor that allows system engineers to easily encode domain information and that uses verification rules to detect inconsistencies or errors.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Similarly, tele-robotics on distant planets, underwater, or on different continents require autonomous real-time integration with the planning software that is driving the vehicle. During Phase I research, the Red Canyon Team will approach NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), JPL's Mars Rover and MSL Teams, and JPL's AI Group to determine future target missions for our proposed system.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
1) Unmanned/Remotely Piloted Vehicles (UAV/RPV's). Obtained a letter of support from ADSYS Controls for this potential application.

2) Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROUV)

3) Remotely Operated Ground Vehicles (ROGV) (a.k.a. Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV))

4) Commercial spacecraft avionics. In particular, the potential application of our system as the abort manager for SNC's Dream Chaser. Obtained a letter of support for this potential application.

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.)
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Development Environments
Programming Languages
Sequencing & Scheduling

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