NASA commercialization will follow a logical progression. First, the initial application will consist of the six functions to help simulate the nonlinear dynamics of roll-out solar arrays (developed in an earlier Phase I SBIR) and the two functions for the simplified representation of flexible hinges that will be developed in this Phase I SBIR. Second, the addition of the Phase II capabilities (simulation of lanyards and tape springs) and the integration of functions will result in a software application that will be appropriate to the overall market of organizations that design, evaluate and make purchasing decisions for deployable space structures. A variety of solar array configurations can be addressed as well as deployable antennas. Most NASA Centers could be approached with this application, as well as their contractors. The necessary documentation, tutorials, marketing materials and application licensing will be developed. MotionPort has prior experience in the development of such materials. The application will be marketed at technical conferences that NASA staff may attend, such as AIAA conferences. Marketing will include having a booth in the exhibition area as well as presenting a technical paper at selected conferences.
The deployable space structure application that is prepared for use by NASA research centers and contractors would also be suitable for non-NASA organizations. A limited market investigation for the application would be done at selected international space agencies in order to understand their needs. The addition of the Phase I and II capabilities will result in a software application that can be sold to an international market of agencies and contractors who work with deployable space structures. MotionPort has working relationships with distributors of MBD software in Europe, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and Taiwan. These organizations have advanced technical skills and customer relationships that can bring this vertical application to the international market. The application will be marketed at technical conferences that the staff of aerospace organizations may attend, such as AIAA conferences. Marketing will include having a booth in the exhibition area as well as presenting a technical paper at selected conferences.