NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.04-9800
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Precision Guided Parafoil System For Sounding Rocket Recovery

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
STARA Technologies, Inc.
1620 West Sunrise Boulevard
Gilbert, AZ 85233 - 0544
(480) 850-1555

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Glen Randall Bailey
glen.bailey@staratechnologies.com
1620 W. Sunrise Blvd
Gilbert, AZ 85233 - 0544
(480) 850-1555 Extension :1400

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Thomas Reeve Glenn
tom.glenn@staratechnologies.com
1620 W. Sunrise Blvd
Gilbert, AZ 85233 - 0544
(480) 850-1555 Extension :1472

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies 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)
The primary goal of the proposed STARA innovation is to develop and demonstrate a high-altitude precision guided parafoil system that will enable NASA to control the final landing point of the sounding rocket payload, thus reducing system offset, recovery time, and recovery cost. Current recovery methods utilize unguided parachutes, which are susceptible to large uncertainties in recovery locations due to unforeseen variables. Using a precision guided parafoil system deployed at high altitudes would enable the landing of the payload at a defined location. This innovation will include a ruggedized satellite based telemetry system to assist in recovery efforts.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary purpose of the precision guided parafoil system is to enable delivery of large high-altitude payloads to pre-defined locations for easier recovery. Based on this mission there are a number of potential NASA applications for our proposed solution:

- Sounding Rocket Recovery - The precision guided parafoil system can be used for NASA sounding rocket missions as a means to lower costs and reduce resources necessary to carry out sounding rocket water recovery efforts
- Suborbital and/or Orbital rocket recovery - enable precision landing of suborbital and/or orbital rockets
- International Space Station - enable precision landing of payloads released from the International Space Station
- High-Altitude Balloons - enable precision landing of payloads released from high altitude balloons
- Aircraft - enable precision landing of payloads released from aircraft.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are a number of potential non-NASA commercial applications for the precision guided Parafoil system:

- Commercial Space - Ventures utilizing re-entry vehicles can use this technology to recover their capsules
- High-altitude Ballooning - With the recent considerable interest in high altitude ballooning for edge-of-space and ballistic rocket planes for suborbital tourism, our system could be used for the recovery of these systems
- Emergency Response Applications - Precision guided systems can be attractive to emergency responders that require delivery of food, equipment and supplies to difficult to reach locations
- Industrial Applications - This technology can be beneficial to any industry requiring high-altitude precision recovery and/or delivery of payloads to pre-defined locations
- Military Applications – Potential military applications for this technology would benefit any high-altitude precision recovery and/or delivery of payloads similar to sounding rockets that need to be delivered to pre-defined locations
- Airborne Delivery System (ADS) for Terrestrial Return Vehicle (TRV) – enable precision landing of the Terrestrial Return Vehicle (TRV) that will enable on demand, rapid return of experiments from the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.

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)
Attitude Determination & Control
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Command & Control
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Navigation & Guidance
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)

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