NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 Z4.01-9457
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In-Space Structural Assembly and Construction
PROPOSAL TITLE: Multifunctional Self-Aligning Reversible Joint Using Space-Qualifiable Structural Fasteners

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
510 Earl Boulevard
Miamisburg, OH 45342 - 6411
(937) 320-1877

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Jason Hermiller
510 Earl Blvd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342 - 6411
(937) 320-1877 Extension :1129

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Chrysa Theodore
510 Earl Blvd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342 - 6411
(937) 320-1877 Extension :1102

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
In-Space Structural Assembly and Construction 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)

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG) proposes to develop a multifunctional reversible attachment method to facilitate modular in-space construction. CRG will demonstrate a mechanically robust, easily reversible, self-aligning fastener system with provisions for installation of electrical power connections. The proposed approach is highly versatile and can be extended to include other types of system support connections such as data transfer, fluid flow, or thermal load transfer. This state-of-the-art fastening system leverages CRG’s space-qualifiable thermoset shape memory polymer (SMP) fasteners providing NASA with a scalable, modular joining capability that can be used with autonomous assembly systems. In Phase I representative SMP fastening devices successfully demonstrated >50 simulated use cycles including: assembly, reaction of design loads, and disassembly. Leveraging CRG’s prior development work on shape memory polymer fastener systems, the proposed R&D herein will provide NASA with a multifunctional, reversible structural attachment system with technology readiness level (TRL) of 5 at the conclusion of the Phase II effort. In follow-on development CRG’s joining technology will be integrated with automated assembly robotic systems in support of critical mission demonstrations.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Space Technology Game Changing Development Program, In-space Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly (IRMA), CIRAS, Archinaut, and Dragonfly Programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Industrial fasteners: Blind fasteners and removal anchors, Anti-tamper or security enclosures. Commercial spacecraft: Satellite Assembly and Solar Array Assembly. Defense aerospace: Surveillance satellites, Manned space-craft and habitat assembly, and UAV assembly and payload attachment.

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
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)
Tools/EVA Tools

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