Remote Telescope Control Hardware (RTC HW) System
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-084
SSP - Mr. Michael Pyryt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 26, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
PROGRAM: Trident II (D5) ACAT I
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Develop and demonstrate a standardized Remote Telescope Control hardware (RTC HW) solution that will allow the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) to deploy telescopes to various places around the world and to assure data and network connection integrity. These RTC HW boxes will include a set of standard interfaces, on-board computing and data storage capability allowing for use in a client-server mode from USNO, and meet all Risk Management Framework (RMF), Information Assurance (IA), and physical security rules.
The Trident II (D5) weapon system utilizes astronomical information and data
collected by various telescope systems. These astronomical data sets must be
measured and monitored yearly to ensure weapons system utility and performance.
These measurements will persist for an amount of time to sufficiently baseline
particular stars’ photometric variability, which in some cases are expected to
span decades. Today, astronomical data gaps exist that require USNO to measure
stars from various remote places around the world. These data gaps include current
collections of numerous bright stars' photometry and astrometry. An RTC HW
solution will fill this data gap in a manner that is repeatable, efficient, and
testable by using standard interfaces, on-board computing, and data storage.
The current state of deploying astronomic telescopes is not standardized in
terms of data and network connectivity. Current hardware technology requires
on-site personnel. Additional cost is incurred by synthesizing various data
collection from the dissimilar hardware environments. An innovative RTC HW
solution would lessen schedule impacts and cost of data collections by using
standardized equipment and remote utility. This SBIR topic is expected to work
in a software counterpart under development.
Develop and define a concept design that standardizes RTC HW in a manner that
assures data and network connection integrity. Work with the Navy in
understanding size, function, and interface requirements for the RTC HW
solution that would enable nightly measurement of preselected stars with visual
magnitude greater than 10 and the ability to extract measured data on an ad hoc
basis. Construct measures that ensure data and network connection integrity and
USNO software application. Identify risks to the proposed concept and develop
Phase II plans that include ways to mitigate those risks for Phase II. For
hardware and associated software configurations, apply appropriate
cybersecurity standards as addressed by Security Technical Implementation
Guides (STIGS) that is provided by the DoD cyber exchange [Ref 6].
Produce and deliver a prototype RTC HW solution. Work with the Navy to fully
understand the RMF and IA requirements, as well as data and network
connectivity measures of success. Work with the Navy to understand hardware
standards for various software applications to be executed on the RTC HW box
including standards and software applications being developed for the RTC
system. Provide testing scenarios that ensure RMF and IA requirements are met.
Test the hardware interfaces, on-board computing, and data storage capability.
Establish a feedback loop with the Navy for implementing changes due to
prototype testing. As with cybersecurity standards, RMF and IA requirements
will be addressed by STIGS as provided by the DoD cyber exchange.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Deliver a RTC HW solution for telescopes deployed by
USNO in a manner that works with a USNO software application under development.
Provide design and test cases that demonstrate RTC HW interfaces, on-board
computing, and data storage capability. Support remote field qualification
testing with RTC software applications that are in development. Work with the
Navy to set up RTC HW including trouble shooting plus resolving implementation
and execution issues at various Navy, DoD, and civilian telescope
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Remote Telescope; Standard Interfaces; Repeatable; Hardware Interfaces;
Connection Integrity; On-board Computing; Data Storage; Photometry and