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Wireless Smart Sensor Network for Vehicle Diagnostics and Prognostics

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Department of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Wireless Smart Sensor Network for Vehicle Diagnostics and Prognostics
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-09-C-6527
Award Amount: $69,989.00


Maintenance activities cost DoD $81 billion a year and maintainers have only limited diagnostic capabilities for weapons systems life cycle management. Advances in sensors, embedded systems, and network information systems, make it possible to achieve unprecedented diagnostics. Luna will leverage advanced MEMS and nanotechnology to develop ultra-miniature smart sensors and network nodes for retrofit into existing weapons systems. Ultra-miniature sensing elements that detect a wide variety of parameters and network nodes will enhance diagnostic capability and coverage of vehicle systems. The wireless smart sensor network will monitor, process, and transmit health and usage information to improve accuracy, speed of diagnosis, and visibility at all organizational levels through shared data environments. During the Phase I effort, the smart sensors and network node hardware and software architecture, and communications protocols will be developed. The smart sensing system will be based on the IEEE 1451 family of standards. Luna will design an ultra-low power system with embedded power management that is compatible with a variety of energy scavenging and power storage devices. System requirements for environmental resistance and attachment to weapons systems will be established. The Phase I program will conclude with a demonstration of a breadboard prototype wireless smart sensor network system.

Principal Investigator:

Fritz Friedersdorf
Director of Intelligent S

Business Contact:

Laura Rasnick
Director of Intelligent S
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1 Riverside Circle Suite 400 Roanoke, VA 24016

EIN/Tax ID: 541560050
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No