NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 A2.02-9071
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: A low cost, secure radio communications system for UAVs

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
sci_zone
17133 Inavale
Holland, MI 49424 - 5656
(505) 205-8315

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrew Santangelo
andrew_santangelo@mac.com
17133 Inavale
Holland, MI 49424 - 5656
(505) 205-8315

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrew Santangelo
andrew_santangelo@mac.com
17133 Inavale
Holland, MI 49424 - 5656
(505) 205-8315

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
sci_Zone, Inc is seeking to develop the LinkStar-AV, an inexpensive, secure, and reliable satellite based radio system for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The LinkStar-AV architecture treats the radio system as a secure node on the internet through the GlobalStar satellite communications network, providing continuous coverage between the UAS and ground. Control and monitoring is provided by an adapted version of our QS/Vehicle Management System (VMS), which is used on a range of commercial aircraft and certified under DO-178B (Level D). The on-board flight processor of the LinkStar-AV radio manages software via the Xen Hypervisor providing an added level of reliability, safety and security from malicious attacks. For the Phase I research program we shall develop the prototype of the LinkStar-AV1p hardware, implement a secure link to stream data from the UAS to the QS/VMS ground control station via LinkStar, and develop a prototype of the communications and control software for use on UAS. We will also update QS/VMS ground server and flight software as required to allow it to work with the LinkStar-AV1p radio. The goal by the end of the Phase I is to demonstrate the technology and its feasibility, and present a plan for implementation and commercialization.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed innovations of the LinkStar-AV system have broad applications for both UAS and general aviation and commercial aircraft, near space balloons and satellites. The software architecture is flexible and can also be applied to other NASA based communications systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed innovations of the LinkStar-AV system have broad applications over a wide range of government, commercial, and research based vehicles - both UAS, general aviation and commercial aircraft. Due to the scope of the proposed effort we will have a wide ranging customer base including commercial UAS developers and fabricators, DARPA, the Navy, AFRL, GE Aviation, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, NASA, partner subcontractors and the university community. In addition we see the "prosumer" community utilizing the LinkStar-AV technologies due to its added security and range.

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)
Air Transportation & Safety
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Coding & Compression
Computer System Architectures
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Recovery (see also Autonomous Systems)
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Transmitters/Receivers

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