The key NASA application is adding sensors and telemetry to a spacecraft at a low cost, i.e., avoiding cable runs and connectors to pass data between new sensors and the spacecraft. WiSPiR will enable better Integrated Health Management and Spacecraft Autonomy functions, which depend on better sensing of spacecraft state and environment. WiSPiR has a high potential to broadly benefit NASA with opportunities in ascent vehicles; spacecraft management; entry, descent and landing systems; and planetary exploration system. The benefit to small spacecraft applies to small UAVs as well.
The benefits to spacecraft autonomy is not unique to NASA. Innoflight has experience with Air Force Research Laboratories, Space Vehicles (AFRL/RV), and Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and Innoflight will pursue these customers interested in wireless interconnect capabilities for similar spacecraft intra-communication concepts. In additional Innoflight will apply its cybersecurity expertise for these DoD/IC customers to explore additional methods for securing the wireless communication. Furthermore, Innoflight will work with STMD to understand the opportunities to pursue opportunities to offer wireless interconnect technologies to commercial spaceflight companies, such as Virgin Galactic, satellite integrators such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and international space agencies, such as ESA or JAXA.