NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T6.02-9776
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Radiation Storms: Monitoring, Forecasting and Impact Analysis
PROPOSAL TITLE: The Small Mixed Field Autonomous Radiation Tracker (SMART) Dosimeter

NAME: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. NAME: COSMIAC at The University of New Mexico
STREET: 44 Hunt Street STREET: 1700 Lomas Boulevard Northeast, Ste 2200
CITY: Watertown CITY: Alburguerque
STATE/ZIP: MA  02472 - 4699 STATE/ZIP: NM  87131 - 3837
PHONE: (617) 668-6801 PHONE: (505) 277-7575

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Erik B. Johnson
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472 - 4699
(617) 668-6886

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Jennifer Ann Carey
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472 - 4699
(617) 668-6811

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Space Radiation Storms: Monitoring, Forecasting and Impact Analysis 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)
Active dosimeters for astronauts and space weather monitors are critical tools for mitigating radiation induced health issues or system failure on capital equipment. Commercial spaceflight, deep space flight, and satellites require smarter, smaller, and lower power dosimeters. There are a number of instruments with flight heritage, yet as identified in NASA's roadmaps, this technology does not lend itself to a viable solution for active dosimetry for an astronaut, particularly for deep space missions. The proposed solution is an instrument that will provide dose distinguished by the type of particle, where tissue or physical damage is dependent on the energy and mass of the radiation. This is accomplished by advancing technologies developed by RMD and COSMIAC that will provide a comprehensive assessment of the radiation environment, as the instrument determines the dose for different particle species. Using RMD's advanced scintillation materials, low-power digitizers, and COSMIAC's digital signal processing, a compact dosimeter will be developed for intravehicular and extravehicular activates, as well as a space weather monitor for satellites.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Under the existing 2015 NASA Technology roadmap for Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems, real time dosimeters are explicitly needed for intravehicular and extravehicular activities. The existing systems consume too much power or are too bulky. The proposed solution will solve those issues while providing dosimetry for protons, electrons, neutrons, and other heavier charged ions. The primary target are crewed missions for the lunar surface, Mars orbit and surface.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Radiation dosimeters are in general demand for commercial applications, such as personnel, waste monitoring, hospitals, nuclear power industry, national laboratories and industrial research. This technology can be used in commercial satellites for monitoring the space weather conditions and provide a warning system for ground-based equipment. As high altitude commercial flights become more prevalent, active dosimeters can provide the redundant safeguards and information required to protect companies from unnecessary litigation and passengers from hazardous radiation conditions.

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.)
Ionizing Radiation

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