NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T11.01-9699
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Information Technologies for Intelligent and Adaptive Space Robotics
PROPOSAL TITLE: Increasing the Performance of Autonomous Planetary Robots Through Environmental Manipulations

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: White Light Power, Inc. NAME: Protoinnovations,LLC
STREET: 5453 Albemarle Avenue STREET: 5000 Forbes Avenue
CITY: Pittsburgh CITY: Pittsburgh
STATE/ZIP: PA  15217 - 1132 STATE/ZIP: PA  15213 - 3890
PHONE: (412) 916-8807 PHONE: (412) 268-5837

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
DR SIDDHARTHA SRINIVASA
ss5@andrew.cmu.edu
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - 3890
(412) 268-5529

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Dimitrios Apostolopoulos
da1v@protoinnovations.com
5453 Albemarle Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - 1132
(412) 916-8807

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Information Technologies for Intelligent and Adaptive Space Robotics 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)
ProtoInnovations, LLC and Carnegie Mellon University propose to research, design, develop, and test software tools and hardware that will greatly increase the performance of planetary robots by manipulating the environment around them. We are specifically interested in developing new planning algorithms and non-prehensile manipulation techniques and simple robotic tools that will allow rovers to alter the environment around them for the purposes of creating feasible navigation routes, accessing interesting scientific targets, or doing some basic terraforming.

A robot could be endowed with dedicated hardware to enable this terrain manipulation. Six or seven degree-of-freedom manipulator arms are commonly used for moving objects around a robot's environment. However adding such specialized, high torque, environmentally-toughened hardware adds significant costs in terms of fabrication, flight weight, and power requirements. Instead, in this proposal we will take advantage of the existing affordances of the platform in order to rearrange the terrain with no, or little, added hardware.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed research is expected to lead to significant enhancements in performance of autonomous planetary robots. During Phase 2 of this work, we will demonstrate our planning and non-prehensile manipulation techniques to cognizant managers and engineers at NASA centers, with the aim of identifying potential future missions for transition of this technology. We expect that the 2020 Mars rover mission is an example of a wheeled rover mission that could directly benefit from the algorithms manipulation techniques developed under this STTR project. We will actively seek post-Phase 2 support to further develop, mature, and integrate our control technology into future NASA missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Beyond NASA, there is a large and growing application space for autonomous mobile manipulation and innovative approaches to automation of work in applications such as defense and security, mining and forestry, and infrastructure monitoring and inspection. Many of these systems are tasked with performing manipulation tasks in challenging or complex environments. The proposers will aim to transition the technology developed under this project beyond NASA, to dual-use applications in these various sectors.

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)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Vehicles (see also Autonomous Systems)

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