NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 A3.02-8346
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Autonomy of the National Airspace Systems (NAS)
PROPOSAL TITLE: High Integrity GPS Solution for Trusted Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
R Cubed Engineering, LLC
4103 11th Street Court West, Unit #203
Palmetto, FL 34221 - 6343
(240) 298-1025

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr V. Micheal Contarino
mike@rcubedengineering.com
4103 11th Street Court West, Unit #203
Palmetto, FL 34221 - 6343
(240) 298-1025

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
RaNae Contarino
ranae@rcubedengineering.com
4103 11th Street Court West, Unit #203
Palmetto, FL 34221 - 6343
(202) 271-9686

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Autonomy of the National Airspace Systems (NAS) 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)
Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) is the most CSWaP compatible safety solution for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and will be mandated for use by the FAA in the National Airspace System (NAS) by 2020. The ongoing miniaturization efforts will continue to enable a cooperative approach to the integration of UAS into NAS moving forward. A critical limitation of ADS-B is the use of GPS-derived position vector in its broadcast, which can be easily spoofed or jammed, or confused by reflections in urban areas. We present a low-CSWaP solution to secure and verify the GPS integrity using a novel antenna design so that ADS-B can be used as a trusted vehicle to vehicle communications and navigation link for UAS.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Techniques that increase the confidence of ADS-B afford opportunities to equip UAS and other aircraft in the NAS with a reliable tool for air traffic management in the near and mid-term timeframe. Correcting limitations in ADS-B provides an overarching goal of NASA to safely integrate UAS into the NAS, while increasing automation, tracking and situational awareness for all participants. A low-CSWaP solution that removes false GPS sources (reflections, jamming, spoofing) expands the usefulness of ADS-B for UAS flying in urban areas.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Higher integrity GPS can positively affect a multitude of non-NASA applications. For the FAA, ADS-B could be a more "trusted" resource, as one can verify the position of the broadcasted source. For users of GPS technologies in urban environments, this elegant solution to removal of reflections would enable a higher fidelity of GPS for use in navigation, cell phones, and future UAS operations.

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.)
Antennas
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Navigation & Guidance
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Telemetry/Tracking (Cooperative/Noncooperative; see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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