NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H6.03-8394
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation for Consumables
PROPOSAL TITLE: An Intelligent Consumables Management System Development Framework based on Artificial Intelligence Techniques

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402 - 2513
(650) 931-2700

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Richard H. Stottler
1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402 - 2513
(650) 931-2700 Extension :2714

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Nate Henke
1650 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402 - 2513
(650) 931-2700 Extension :2719

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation for Consumables 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 proposed innovation, called the Management of consumables Adaptive Execution, SynchronizaTion, Replanning/rescheduling, Optimization system (MAESTRO), would leverage the investment of NASA from originally funding the development of the Aurora Intelligent Scheduling framework and also leverage the previous NASA-funded Intelliface, to interface Aurora to diagnosis systems and extend it both to include more Course of Action (COA) development/planning and adaptive execution (i.e., executing the scheduled activities/procedures after scheduling). MAESTRO would be an open standards architecture and framework for the development of intelligent consumables management systems for autonomous and/or astronaut management of consumables. Each task (an abstract token) in a MAESTRO/Aurora schedule would be a procedure of several steps or actions that must be executed, and incorporating the Adaptive Execution capability of Intelliface (based on Open Source SimBionic) would allow the plans and schedules generated by MAESTRO to be adaptively executed. The Intelliface link to diagnosis systems allows the entire loop to be closed so that an autonomous or human-interfaced system can transition seamlessly between diagnosis, replanning, rescheduling, adaptive execution, etc. The generality of the proposed MAESTRO system will be proven, in Phase I, by using it to develop three separate consumable management systems for three separate applications using the same code base. Consumables management will be possible with significantly less skill and experience, less manpower, and reduced turnaround time. The multiple applications also show that MAESTRO is a general, open architecture.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The most direct targets for transition of this proposed effort are the large number of intelligent consumables management systems needed for the several systems onboard various future manned and unmanned spacecraft. By showing its ability to create high-quality responses to consumables events with greatly reduced manpower and expertise, MAESTRO will clearly illustrate its advantages over the status quo. Because it will be an open system that other developers could use to create intelligent consumables management, a large number of intelligent consumables applications can be quickly developed. Since MAESTRO is specifically designed to easily interface with Diagnosis, Adaptive Execution, and Planning engines, such developers will have their choice. And additional interfaces can be developed over time to increase the number of such options. There is a potential to automate the majority of consumables management decision-making at NASA, even for low earth orbit, with a corresponding savings in highly skilled manpower. Additional applications are various types of ground processing at KSC.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
On the commercial side, Stottler Henke already sells Aurora and associated customization services to private companies. Commercial product and service sales related to Aurora have already resulted in over $8 million in revenue. MAESTRO improvements can be readily incorporated into Aurora and sold through existing sales channels. And beyond NASA there is a large number of real-time diagnosis, replanning/rescheduling, and execution problems that MAESTRO could be readily adapted to such as oil refineries, power plants, factories of all types, etc. And many of these potential MAESTRO users are already Aurora customers.

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.)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Sequencing & Scheduling

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