NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 S2.02-8990
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology
PROPOSAL TITLE: An Outrigger Component for a Deployable Occulter System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
686 S. Taylor Avenue, Ste. 108
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(720) 300-8167

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William Francis
686 S. Taylor Ave., Suite 108
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(303) 587-7467

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Douglas Campbell
686 S. Taylor Avenue, Ste. 108
Louisville, CO 80027 - 3000
(720) 300-8167

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Precision Deployable Optical Structures and Metrology 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)
In Phase II, Roccor proposes to build upon the results of Phase I to increase the technology readiness level (TRL) of the NASA JPL deployable external occulter. An occulter, which is a satellite flying far from a telescope and employing a large screen or, starshade, to suppress the incoming starlight, is used for detecting and characterizing exoplanets. Detecting Earthlike planets existing within the habitable zones of nearby stars is a key element of NASA's space exploration mission. The NASA JPL starshade incorporates a deployable center ring-truss as a hub and flower-like petals that wrap around the hub for packaging. As a result, it exhibits exceptionally challenging deployment kinematics. Roccor's Phase II will contribute to maturing the design of the NASA JPL deployable starshade through system and component design and analysis and supporting ground-demo hardware thereby helping to position it for spaceflight should it be transitioned to a NASA flight mission.Roccor's broad Phase II focus is on maturing each of the deployable starshade system elements that support the petals including the unfurling control system, the launch control system, and the deployed strut system. Innovative solutions have been conceptualized for each of these petal support functions as part the Phase I program.
In Phase II, Roccor will emphasize developing and demonstrating the proposed petal unfurling technology culminating in a 1/3 scale fully functional and motorized hardware demonstration with 30 petal simulators, 3 of them being instrumented and strength-representative (e.g. fragile and narrow petal tips). Roccor will also further develop the launch control system and deployed strut-support system through extensive design and analysis.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary NASA application target for the proposed Phase II program is the deployable starshade currently under development by NASA JPL. Thus if successful, the results of Phase II will help to increase the maturity of the system thereby positioning it for transition to flight. Beyond this application, Roccor anticipates the creation enabling intellectual property capable of transitioning into other NASA space deployable structure systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Similar to other NASA applications, the results of Phase II may be transitioned into other commercial and military space deployable systems. Further, Roccor is investigating a number of other terrestrial markets that could make use of the company's deployable structure products (including those proposed for development herein). Examples include deployable shelters and man-packable systems.

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.)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Project Management
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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