NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-2 H6.01-9498
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation
PROPOSAL TITLE: CRAFTSMAN: A Framework for Flexible Robotic Tool Usage

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
TRACLabs, Inc.
100 North East 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)
Patrick Beeson
16969 N Texas Ave Suite 300
Webster, TX 77598 - 4085
(281) 461-7886

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
David Kortenkamp
16969 N Texas Ave Suite 300
Webster, TX 77598 - 4085
(281) 461-7886

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

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)
TRACLabs has a long-term goal to provide a software toolkit for flexible tool use by robotic manipulators. Our proposed toolkit is a suite of state-of-the-art algorithms focused on extending current pick-and-place planning and control methods to enable robust tool usage by humanoid and other armed robots. Our system provide more intuitive tools for the user of the robotic manipulator, including visualization tools for defining tool use scenarios, including Cartesian tolerances along trajectories and expected forces/torques on the tool tip. This will allow robots to be more capable and more reliable during long-term autonomous tasks, by significantly improving the ability of remote supervisors to command complex tool-usage tasks, by enabling robots to operate safely alongside humans during shared tasks, and by providing a general tool usage framework that works with novel tools and with any robot configuration.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA has several dexterous robots that assist humans in space activities. These include the R2 and Dextre robots on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and the Valkryie research robot being developed at NASA Johnson Space Center. These robots will need to use tools and interact with both remote supervisors and side-by-side human teammates. Our system provides software tools that increase the capabilities of dexterous robots and reduce the painstaking reliance on teleoperation. As more capable robots move beyond low-earth orbit, for example exploring the Moon or Mars, they will increasingly need sophisticated control algorithms focused on very dexterous manipulation and flexible reconfiguration in case of failure.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The Department of Defense (DoD) is investing heavily in very capable, dexterous robots for tasks such as disaster relief, ordnance disposal, search and rescue, and casualty care and evacuation. These robots will need the sophisticated software produced in this project in order to perform their complicated tasks. Manufacturing robots are making new strides in dexterity and flexibility with robots such as Baxter and the GM R2. These robots will also need new control algorithms that allow them to manipulate tools and work alongside their human co-workers. The oil and gas industry is increasingly looking to automation to reduce worker injuries both on-shore and off-shore. Dexterous, mobile robots that can manipulation drilling rig tools and equipment will require software such as that produced by this project.

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)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)

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