NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 H10.02-8588
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Improved Operations via Interface Design
PROPOSAL TITLE: Inflatable capsule recovery raft using OTS pontoons and other components

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ASRC Federal System Solutions, LLC (AFSS)
7000 Muirkirk Meadows Drive, Suite100
Beltsville, DE 20705 - 6351
(301) 837-5500

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Gary Robert Rohrkaste
gary.rohrkaste@asrcfederal.com
813 N Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 - 2429
(321) 266-2738

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Lawrence Lavalle
lawrence.lavalle@asrcfederal.com
7000 Muirkirk Meadows Drive, Suite100
Beltsville, DE 20705 - 6351
(301) 837-3978

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Improved Operations via Interface Design 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)
The objective of the proposed innovation is to research and study the feasibility of using pontoons (based on Off the Shelf (OTS) equipment) to make an inflatable raft that will support a water-landed space capsule. The advantages of this approach over traditional methods are: 1) Provides stable platform to open hatch for Flight Crew access/egress in less than 1 hour from the time the recovery vessel reaches the capsule, 2) Does not drive an increase in flight weight of capsule, 3) Protects the capsule during handling and loading operations, 4) Can be deployed from different types of vessels, 5) Allows for launch and recovery from support vessels with Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) or Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RHIBs), 6) Minimizes operations in turbulent wake zone of ship, 7) Raft draws very little water, 8)Transports on standard commercial carriers in deflated and stowed condition, 9) Minimal pre-op set-up time on recovery vessel, 10) Based on existing technologies resulting in low technical and operational risks.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential customers are NASA Ground Operations, NASA Flight Crew Office, DoD groups supporting contingency landing zones

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial Capsule using commercial assets for the recovery. Recovery of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

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.)
Machines/Mechanical Subsystems
Material Handing & Packaging

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