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Definitive Contract - 80NSSC21C0408

OVERVIEW

Original Description
AUTONOMOUS SWARMING FOR TEAMS OF EXPLORATION ROBOTS (ASTER)
Awarding / Funding Agency
Place of Performance
Cambridge, MA USA
Pricing
Fixed Price
Set Aside
Small Business Set Aside - Total (SBA)
Extent Competed
Full And Open Competition After Exclusion Of Sources
Related Opportunity
None

SBIR DETAILS

Research Type
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I
Title
Autonomous Swarming for Teams of Exploration Robots (ASTER)
Abstract
NASA will use swarms of robot vehicles for future planetary exploration, including Moon explorations in support of a sustained lunar presence. Advanced robotic and autonomous systems can overcome challenges inherent in navigating extreme terrain. Other tasks, such as obtaining mineral or ice samples from a wide area of a planetary surface or exploring terrain that blocks the transmission of signals to Earth or satellites (e.g., canyons, caves, lava tubes), lend themselves to robotic systems composed of multiple vehicles working in a coordinated fashion (i.e., multi-robot swarms). In addition to sharing work across the team, these swarms can adapt to changing exploration needs, and provide resiliency to failure of single vehicles while being scalable to accept additional vehicles when needed. Charles River Analytics and the Novel Engineering for Swarm Technologies (NEST) Laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will design and demonstrate Autonomous Swarming for Teams of Exploration Robots (ASTER). We introduce three compelling innovations to swarm systems: (1) the use of composable behavior primitives to achieve tasks and that can respond autonomously to unexpected situations; (2) the design of behavior primitives that use heterogeneous capabilities on swarm vehicles to achieve tasks; and (3) the design of behavior primitives that enable the swarm to manage faults as swarm vehicle capabilities degrade over time. ASTER will use three technologies: Charles Riverrsquo;s Swarm Coordination Framework for rapid prototyping and analysis of behaviors, the Buzz swarm programming language for coordinating behaviors among physical robots, and the ARGoS multi-physics simulation engine. We will develop three scenarios consistent with NASArsquo;s Lunar Exploration Program Overview (September 2020), and perform thorough evaluations to support future research and transition opportunities. Our Phase I results will allow us to deploy this work on advanced hardware platforms in Phase II.
Topic Code
T10
Solicitation Number
STTR_21_P1
Contact
Mark Felix
(617) 234-5073
mfelix@cra.com

STATUS
(Complete)

Period of Performance

5/19/21

Start Date

6/19/22

Current End Date

6/19/22

Potential End Date
100% Complete

Obligations

$125.0K

Total Obligated

$125.0K

Current Award

$125.0K

Potential Award
100% Funded

AWARD RELATIONSHIPS

Definitive Contract

80NSSC21C0408

Subcontracts

-

Definitive Contract

80NSSC21C0408

Subs

-

ACTIVITY TIMELINE

SUBCONTRACT AWARDS

Opportunity Lifecycle

HISTORY

COMPETITION
Solicitation Procedures
Negotiated Proposal/Quote
Number of Offers Received
500
Other Than Full and Open Competition
None
Evaluated Preference
None
Commercial Item Acquisition
Commercial Item Procedures Not Used
Simplified Procedures for Commercial Items
No

OTHER CATEGORIZATIONS

Subcontracting Plan
Plan Not Required
National Interest Action
None
IT Commercial Item Category
None
AGENCY DETAIL
Created By
constance.t.marshall@nasa.gov
Last Modified By
justin.b.prince@nasa.gov
Approved By
justin.b.prince@nasa.gov
Awarding Office
80NSSC NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER
Funding Office
80NSSC NASA SHARED SERVICES CENTER

LEGISLATIVE MANDATES

Clinger-Cohen Act Compliant
No
Construction Wage Rate Requirements
No
Labor Standards
No
Materials, Supplies, Articles & Equipment
No
Last Modified: 7/9/21


PIID: 80NSSC-21-C-0408