NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T11.02-9713
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM) Technology Framework
PROPOSAL TITLE: An Intelligent Autonomous Executive for cFS Distributed Spacecraft Missions

NAME: Emergent Space Technologies, Inc. NAME: University of Florida
STREET: 6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303 STREET: Room 327, Larsen Hall, 968 Center Drive, P.O. Box 116200
CITY: Greenbelt CITY: Gainesville
STATE/ZIP: MD  20770 - 1405 STATE/ZIP: FL  32611 - 6200
PHONE: (301) 345-1535 PHONE: (352) 392-5225

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Brendan O'Connor
7703 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite 210
Austin, TX 78752 - 1004
(301) 345-1535 Extension :401

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Everett Cary Jr.
6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 303
Greenbelt, MD 20770 - 1405
(301) 345-1535

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM) Technology Framework 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)
Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM) have become increasingly important in the effort to extend the capabilities of instruments to gather critical Earth and Space science data. DSMs, which include constellations, formations and clusters, have already been employed and have been proposed for several future space science missions. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a current Solar-terrestrial Probe mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft flying in a relatively close formation to study the Earth?s magnetosphere. Although they open up new science frontiers and new possibilities for satellite design, constellations will be limited if their operations costs scale with the number of satellites. A key enabling technology for future DSMs will be their ability to operate with a level of autonomy to leverage the capabilities of a standard-sized team of satellite operators to safely operate a fleet of satellites. Our innovation is the development of a cFS App suite, called the Distributed Automation Suite for Heuristic Execution and Response (DASHER), which extends the current state of the art in onboard automation for spacecraft flight software. The main component of DASHER is a mission manager that can execute science observation and engineering plans intelligently. DASHER uses a common planning language to intelligently execute plans.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are a number of distributed spacecraft missions identified in the NASA Decadal Survey and they will be very expensive to operate without a higher level of automation than the current spacecraft state of the art. The software developed under this proposal will is reusable and will enable multiple missions as part of the cFS library.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Agencies outside of NASA, like the DoD have begun to take an interest in the cFS reusable flight software platform. The software developed under this proposal will be equally applicable to non-NASA missions that have multiple spacecraft and require automation. Outside of the spacecraft market, autonomous systems need reliable autonomy and a standardized planning language. The software developed under this project will useful in other autonomy markets.

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)
Command & Control
Process Monitoring & Control

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