NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H6.01-9902
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Human Robotic Systems - Mobility Subsystem, Manipulation Subsystem, and Human System Interaction
PROPOSAL TITLE: Robotic Autonomous Navigation and Orientation Tracking System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501 - 1510
(310) 320-3088

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Paul Shnitser Ph.D.
PSProposals@poc.com
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501 - 1510
(310) 320-3088

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Gordon Drew
gedrew@poc.com
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501 - 1510
(310) 320-3088

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Human Robotic Systems - Mobility Subsystem, Manipulation Subsystem, and Human System Interaction 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)
To address the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) needs for improved robotic platform navigation and real-time position and orientation tracking on the infrastructure-free lunar, planetary, or asteroid surfaces, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Robotic Autonomous Navigation and Orientation Tracking System (RANOTS) based on a set of compact and reliable self-mixing interferometers utilizing low power semiconductor laser diodes. This system will supplement currently used vision-based navigation and wheel odometers to improve navigation precision, location awareness, and platform orientation tracking for lunar and Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs), planetary extravehicular activities (EVA), and manned rovers. The RANOTS will offer position accuracy better than 1 m with 95% probability per hour of fast (meters per second) motion without interacting with other positioning systems, and be compact (<10 cu. in.), lightweight (<8 oz), and consume <0.25 W of power. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the RANOTS by creating and testing a preliminary prototype, which will demonstrate technology readiness level (TRL)-4 by the end of Phase I. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a fully functional prototype and demonstrate its operation on an autonomous vehicle on rough Earth terrain (TRL-6). The RANOTS development will offer NASA the capabilities to provide precise navigation and attitude tracking to support significantly faster moving platforms on lunar or Martian missions, thus enhancing the scientific output of these expensive enterprises.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed RANOTS will directly contribute to the success of future NASA moon, Mars, and asteroid missions planned within several research programs, especially the NASA Mars Rover program. At the end of Phase II NASA will have a compact, completely autonomous, automatic navigation system that provides fast high-accuracy tracking and positioning of rovers, moving modules, and walking astronauts. The small-sized RANOTS hardware and embedded software systems will be designed to perform real-time data processing and provide position accuracy better than 1 m and better than 1 degree roll, pitch, and yaw measurements with 95% probability per 1 hr of autonomic motion of autonomous platforms or astronauts during lunar and Mars missions. The RANOTS will allow for accurate navigation of platforms moving at significantly higher velocities (meters per second) than the maximum velocity of current Martian Exploration Vehicles (5 cm/s).

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The RANOTS military applications will include navigation for military vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and dismounted soldiers in GPS denied environments, urban areas, underground tunnels, or within large buildings, where GPS does not work properly.

The RANOTS commercial applications will include use by firefighters in complex terrain or inside buildings, in step counter distance meters used for recreation and sports, and with navigation/tracking systems for mine workers and underground/underwater explorers. The RANOTS can also be used by aid agencies and personnel in automobiles when traveling in urban areas where GPS coverage can be compromised.

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.)
Attitude Determination & Control
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Ranging/Tracking

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