NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H10.02-8917
SUBTOPIC TITLE: International Space Station (ISS) Utilization
PROPOSAL TITLE: Low-Cost Small Payload Return to Enable High Frequency ISS Research

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC
1040 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30338 - 4741
(404) 991-2210

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dominic DePasquale
1040 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30338 - 4741
(404) 991-2209

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dominic DePasquale
1040 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30338 - 4741
(404) 991-2209

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
International Space Station (ISS) Utilization 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)
Terminal Velocity Aerospace, LLC (TVA) proposes to improve utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) by providing a system for on-demand return of experiment samples to Earth. TVA is presently developing a small reentry device (RED) capable of returning small payloads from space, with initial prototype development funded by a separate contract. The device, named RED-4U, is sized to accommodate a payload mass and volume equivalent to four CubeSats, commonly referred to as units or "U." The payload accommodations and concept of operations for RED-4U are currently generically defined, but are readily suitable to the ISS small payload return mission. In the proposed Phase I R&D effort, TVA proposes to (1) design, fabricate, and demonstrate RED-4U payload accommodations specifically for high-frequency sample return from ISS; and (2) detail the concept of operations for RED-4U use on ISS.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The immediate NASA commercial application for the proposed innovation is to service government and commercial customers performing microgravity research on the ISS. Market research and workshops conducted by NASA and industry concluded that high-frequency payload return is an essential capability to drive high-volume research aboard the ISS. Biotechnology has been identified as a particularly promising domain, along with materials science. Market studies conducted by NASA and independent experts suggest that space-based biomedical and other research, which is enabled by high frequency small payload return, could be a multi-billion dollar industry. While the proposed effort is specific to application of the RED-4U to enable increased ISS utilization, the technology is readily extensible to other NASA missions. The technology is applicable to an asteroid or planetary sample return vehicle similar to Stardust, Genesis, and OSIRIS-REx; or could support sample return for long duration human exploration missions to an asteroid, Moon, or Mars. Finally, other potential NASA applications include serving as a host for suborbital payloads dropped from a high altitude balloon for short microgravity exposure times, upper atmosphere research, or hypersonic flight testing.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The Non-NASA commercial applications of RED-4U parallel those of the government applications. Small payload return capability complements the business models of the emerging commercial space industry and the rapidly expanding small satellite sector. RED-4U could be used to return scientific experiment samples and other payloads from commercial orbital platforms such as those proposed by Bigelow Aerospace and Orbital Technologies, or for intermittent return from free-flying commercial transportation vehicles such as the SpaceX DragonLab, Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus, or the Sierra Nevada DreamChaser. Sample return is also a key element of plans of commercial companies seeking to mine the Moon or asteroids such as Moon Express, Planetary Resources, and Deep Space Industries.

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.)
Biophysical Utilization
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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