NASA will fund more than 200 small business teams to develop new technologies aimed at protecting the health of astronauts, reducing the risk of impact damage to spacecraft, and more. New awards from NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will invest in a diverse portfolio of U.S. small businesses and research institutions to support NASA's future missions .
NASA selected 300 proposals for the first round of funding from 249 small businesses and 39 research institutions, including eight Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Each proposal team will receive $150,000 to establish the merits and feasibility of their innovation, bringing the agency's total investment to her $45 million. Phase I SBIR agreements are entered into for small businesses and are valid for six months. Phase I STTR agreements, on the other hand, are signed to small and medium-sized enterprises in partnership with research institutes and are valid for a period of 13 months. A complete list of this year's SBIR recipients and his STTR recipients is available online.
“NASA plays a critical role in the growth of our nation's aerospace ecosystem,” said Jen Gusti, director of early stage innovation and partnerships in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Tick said. “Through these early-stage small business awards, we are inviting more innovators into this growing field and helping them mature their technologies for commercial impact beyond use at NASA. Masu.”
Approximately 30% of the selected companies are first-time NASA SBIR/STTR awardees, including nou Systems, Inc., a woman-owned small business based in Huntsville, Alabama. The first NASA SBIR awardees have been selected to further develop technology useful for microbial monitoring of spacecraft environments. In the confined and unique environment on a spacecraft, microbial monitoring is paramount to astronaut health. Specifically, nou Systems has proposed a new approach to automate DNA monitoring of microorganisms, allowing the rapid identification of microorganisms that may pose a threat to astronauts. The technology could first be used as part of the International Space Station's biological testing equipment.
“We are proud to work with small businesses and research institutions in need of government investment,” said Gynelle Steele, deputy program officer for NASA's SBIR/STTR program at NASA Headquarters. “This program allows NASA to incubate pioneering ideas from diverse innovators across the country, but these ideas may not attract the initial private industry funding they need to thrive. ”
More than a quarter of the selected businesses are women-owned, veteran-owned, disadvantaged, and/or hub zone small businesses. For example, HyBird Space Systems LLC, a two-person veteran-owned company based in Spanaway, Wash., supports NASA's efforts to reduce potential risks to spaceflight programs from orbital debris. Therefore, it was selected for the SBIR Award. An object in orbit around the Earth that no longer serves a useful purpose. Their proposed reverse-brake propulsion system, dubbed RT-5X, is initially focused on deorbiting spacecraft in low Earth orbit. The company hopes its technology could become a low-cost debris prevention solution that provides controlled reentry and could be useful to other small satellite developers.
The four STTR awardees previously received NASA M-STTR program grants. It is now part of the Minority College Research and Education Project Partnership Annual Notification (MPLAN), which was created to encourage partnerships between MSIs and small businesses.
“These grants provide funding and guidance to stimulate creative efforts between MSI and small businesses, fostering mutually beneficial relationships that produce technology that supports NASA's mission and commercial market development. It helps,” Steele said. “I am pleased that through his contributions he continues to help strengthen the STTR program as MPLAN grows the number of skilled research teams ready to take ideas from the lab to market.”
New SBIR/STTR investments will be spread across 38 states and Washington. This includes his cross-country STTR Phase I team with his 2pi Microwave Inc., based in Milpitas, California, and affiliated with the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. The two companies will work together to develop a lightweight, compact, and high-performance lidar. Lidar is a system similar to radar, but uses light waves instead of radio waves, and is useful for scientific missions, space exploration systems, and aeronautics. The team's LIDAR system has an unprecedented ultra-wide field of view, low loss, and high frame rate.
NASA selected Phase I proposals to receive funding based on their technical merit and commercial potential. Based on Phase I progress, the company may submit a proposal for $850,000 in Phase II funding for prototype development, as well as his subsequent post-Phase II SBIR/STTR opportunities. The NASA SBIR/STTR program is part of his STMD and is managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.
To learn more about NASA's SBIR/STTR program and apply for future opportunities, visit:
Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California