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November 29, 2005

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NASA has selected 335 proposals from 251 firms for the 2005 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The selections are for Phase 1 contract negotiations.

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the small business may submit a Phase 2 proposal. Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include: technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities. Phase 2 contracts are funded up to $600,000 for a performance period of up to two years.

The Small Business Innovation Research projects have a total value of approximately $21 million; their contracts will be awarded to 219 small, high technology firms in 36 states. Eleven of those proposals will develop technologies for NASA's Stennis Space Center under the management of its Technology Development and Transfer Office:

  • "Laser-Induced Emissions Sensor for Soot Mass in Rocket Plumes," written by MetroLaser Inc. of Irvine, Calif.;
  • "Web Based Distributed Coastal Image Analysis System," written by American GNC Corp. of Simi Valley, Calif.;
  • "WISS - Wireless, Intelligent Sensor System," written by Theseus Logic Inc. of Orlando, Fla.;
  • "Regional and Local Geoid Undulations for Computing Orthometric Heights from GPS Measurements," written by Earth Mapping International of Lawrenceville, Ga.;
  • "Virtual Sensor Test Instrumentation," written by Mobitrum Corp. of Silver Spring, Md.;
  • "Software Defined RF Transceiver for Wireless Sensor Network," written by Mobitrum Corp. of Silver Spring, Md.;
  • "A Stream Processing Engine Approach to Earth Science Data Processing," written by Milcord LLC of Waltham, Mass.;
  • "Automated Feature Extraction from Hyperspectral Imagery," written by Visual Learning Systems Inc. of Missoula, Mont.;
  • "LiDAR and Hyperspectral Fusion for Landslide Hazard Detection," written by HyPerspectives Inc. of Bozeman, Mont.;
  • "Automated Extraction of Crop Area Statistics from Medium-Resolution Imagery," written by GDA Corp. of State College, Pa.; and
  • "Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System," written by Invocon Inc. of Conroe, Texas.

The Small Business Technology Transfer projects have a total value of approximately $4 million, and will be awarded to 39 small, high-technology firms in 17 states. Four of those research proposals will be managed by Stennis' Technology Development and Transfer Office:

  • "Intelligent Agents for Improved Ground-Test Operations", written by 2L Research of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., in collaboration with the University of Alabama;
  • "Rule-Based Analytic Asset Management for Space Exploration Systems," written by Payload Systems Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  • "Hydrocarbon Rocket Engine Plume Imaging with Laser Induced Incandescence," written by Cook's Advanced Energy Conversion LLC of Starkville, Miss., with Mississippi State University; and
  • "Plume Diagnostics for Combustion Stability," written by Sierra Engineering Inc. of Carson City, Nev., with Purdue University.

Selected proposals may receive up to $70,000 for a small business innovative research contract and up to $100,000 for a technology transfer contract.

The goals of the small business innovative research program are to stimulate technological innovation; increase the use of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research.

The goals of the small business technology transfer program are similar. The program also requires a collaborative research effort between a small business and a research institution.

For the complete list of selected companies on the Web, visit:



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