NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 20-1- Z8.10-6501
 Wireless Communication for Avionics and Sensors for Space Applications
 An Intelligent Wireless Instrumentation Network (I-WIN) for Space Applications
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Modularity Space
1511 Aviation Center Parkway
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 281-6753

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Ms. Madison Mangano
1511 Aviation Center PKWY Daytona Beach, FL 32114 - 5723
(631) 338-8617

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Mr. Scott Weintraub
2911 Sime Street New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 - 2435
(386) 987-8847
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 6
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Modularity Space proposes an innovative software and hardware package for an Intelligent Wireless Instrumentation Network Framework (I-WIN). I-WIN revolves around a plug-and-play framework and to enable a network-centric communications link for avionics and sensor components. This software architecture, coupled with highly configurable and advanced manufactured embedded hardware, develops a system focused on interoperability between subsystems and sensors and avionics applications. I-WIN provides an adaptable and modular architecture for innovative avionics, transforming both current and future satellite systems into wireless component networks (WCN). These WCNs can be configured at run-time reducing systems engineering costs, data distribution complexities, and enables the use of commercial-off-the-shelf components. Using Intelligent Wireless Modules (IWM), the self-configuring architecture is enabled without the use of predefined configurations of the components. I-WIN and IWMs provide an inherent fault tolerance and dynamic fault management system coupled with a low size, weight, and power (Low-SWaP) sensing solution for spacecraft. The packaged solution will be developed, and preliminarily evaluated during this Phase I research effort using software and hardware-in-the-loop setups available for this project. The proposed solutions will be capable of augmenting existing early stage mission architectures increasing autonomy and reliability and will also provide a baseline for a wireless spacecraft avionics for future space missions and operations.


I-WIN will provide a theoretical and experimental framework for development and demonstration of wireless technologies to increase space system capabilities, reduce integration and design complexities, and produce a rapid response avionics package capable of using advanced manufacturing techniques. The successful completion of this Phase I effort will take the technology from a TRL 3 to a TRL 6. 

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

This list represents a subset of potential applications

  • NASA robotic rovers, satellites, deep space systems, and lunar landers vehicles
  • Modular wireless avionics kits for NASA spacecraft development
  • Payload integration services on ISS through wireless payload platforms
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

This list represents a subset of potential applications

  • Wireless networks for commercial terrestrial vehicles (UAV, autonomous cars, etc)
  • Independent, Low-SWaP, wireless plug-and-play modules for varying industry domains
  • Commercial on-orbit service space systems for rapidly developed, low-cost services
Duration: 6

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