XSB, Inc. Awarded Phase I SBIR Grant as part of NASA’s $45M Investment in US Small Businesses for Space Tech Development

XSB, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a NASA Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to research interoperability between SysML and XSB’s SWISS® platform, as part of NASA’s larger Moon to Mars exploration approach.  XSB, a first-time NASA SBIR recipient, is one of hundreds of small businesses and research institutions across the United States whose innovative ideas have been recognized and funded by NASA. 

SWISS uses an ontology-based linked data model to describe the syntax and semantics of Specification and Standards documents.   SWISS enables the creation of smart connected models using this information.  The DoD and a number of the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers in the A&D sector are already using or exploring SWISS to model their specifications. 

Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate said “We are excited about the entrepreneurial, innovative ideas that these small businesses are bringing to the table. The technologies show great promise in helping NASA achieve its objectives across all mission areas.”  

“Our goal is to support engineering organizations who will be participating in NASA’s cis-lunar infrastructure development.” said Tanya Vidrevich, XSB’s COO and the Technical Lead on this project. “Descriptions of system requirements, parametrics, structure and behavior will come in various forms, such as SysML models, or NASA, Industry and proprietary Specifications and Standards. Integration between SysML and SWISS models will enable interoperability and provide improved checking and analysis across multiple sources of models and Specifications; this is truly disruptive technology and we are so pleased that NASA sees promise in what we are working on.”  

NASA’s SBIR and STTR programs encourage small businesses and research institutions to develop innovative ideas that meet the specific research and development needs of the federal government. The programs are intended to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, increase the commercial application of research results, and encourage participation of socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small businesses. For more information about NASA's investment in space technology, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/spacetech