NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H6.02-8297
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Requirements Management for Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation
PROPOSAL TITLE: cFS-Based Autonomous Requirements Testing Tool

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
S&K Global Solutions, LLC
145 South Lake Crest, Suite 2
Polson, MT 59860 - 6969
(406) 745-5725

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Carroll Thronesbery
1331 Gemini Street, Suite 315
Houston, TX 77058 - 2781
(287) 732-6493

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Mike Monahan
145 South Lake Crest STE 2
Polson, MT 59860 - 0000
(406) 745-5725

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Requirements Management for 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)
The S&K Team proposes design of a tool suite, Autonomy Requirements Tester (ART), to address the difficulty of stating autonomous requirements and the links to clear testing plans. ART will represent autonomy requirements, test plans, and test results, and the relationships among them so that it is less difficult to state autonomy requirements clearly, to communicate test plans clearly among the full development team, to guide software development from requirements through acceptance tests, and to communicate test results in terms of the completeness with which the requirements have been tested. This will extend the state of the art by clarifying the progression from autonomy requirements to test results and make the tests more modular and reusable.

The S&K team will first identify representative autonomy requirements for a design reference mission and high-level descriptions of how to test those requirements in the developed system. The team will then design XML schemas to represent data structures that define autonomy requirements, related test objectives, related cFS messages, test specifications and results. Next, they identify ways to generate and execute those tests by publishing and subscribing to appropriate cFS messages to run tests and examine the results. The S&K team will design information displays for showing relationship among requirements, test designs and results so that it is clear how thoroughly the autonomy requirements have been tested and how they performed. The team will develop a concept of operations for ART. They will prototype enough of the concept to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach, write a final report, and deliver results along with submission of a Phase II proposal.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
ART will assist engineers and project engineers at NASA in managing and communicating autonomy requirements for flight and robotic systems. The forecasted potential and targeted applications relative to NASA needs are the development of robots (especially those interacting with humans) and the development of autonomous spacecraft systems both for unmanned spacecraft and those supporting small crews that operate at long distances from earth with resulting communications delays. The potential customers include manned missions to Mars and unmanned missions that will require increasing autonomy. They also include the development of robots like Valkyrie and Robonaut 2 that will support a small crew in performing safely the numerous duties required to operate a spacecraft for long duration, long distance missions. As pressures increase for spacecraft autonomy, the complexity of the autonomy and the number of systems that involve autonomy will increase. ART offers the ability to develop and test autonomy requirements more cost effectively.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are a number of non-NASA applications that could benefit from better management of requirements for autonomy. In the developing drone market, there is already a very strong push for operating drones beyond the operator's line of sight, which requires autonomy to ensure successful completion of drone sorties. Autonomy is appearing with greater frequency and complexity in all sorts of software from office automation to data base searches and web site and smart phone applications. As these services expand their autonomy, they will feel greater pressure in managing the development and testing of that autonomy so that they can develop it efficiently and communicate it clearly to their customers. The S&K Team will need to perform market analyses in the future to determine if it is better to pursue a very simple application that can be started and used with very little training or a more detailed that can help to manage efforts of hundreds of engineers. Perhaps the best option is to offer both a light and a heavy duty version, with the light version getting potential customers into the framework of thinking about FM using our approach and the heavy duty assisting the coordination of a large number of engineers.

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.)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Man-Machine Interaction
Project Management
Recovery (see also Autonomous Systems)
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Verification/Validation Tools

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