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Autonomous, Cryogenic Leak Detector for Improving Launch Site Operations

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street Torrace, CA 90505-5245
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Autonomous, Cryogenic Leak Detector for Improving Launch Site Operations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNK06OM20C
Award Amount: $69,999.00


For detecting leakage of cryogenic fluids in spaceport facilities and in spacebound vehicles, this project proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an all-optical sensor that can be fitted into narrow orifices around plumbing junctions. Fast response time and complete reversibility in the detection range of 1 ppm to 100% for hydrogen will be demonstrated in Phase I. This technology will support NASA goal of reducing vehicle and payload cost, and increase safety of ground and flight operations by measuring hydrogen in real-time and in situ. The sensor's thermal shock resistance when exposed to cryogenic fluids will also be tested in Phase I. A prototype device will be engineered, field-tested and delivered to NASA in Phase II. Successful discussions have been conducted with industrial partners for commercialization support including Phase III follow-on funding for this project. One major U.S. aerospace company has expressed strong interest in the proposed technology by providing a letter of support. A technical team having 70 years of cumulative experience in developing commercially viable products has been assembled for this project.

Principal Investigator:

Kisholoy Goswami
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Latika Datta
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 Torrance, CA 90717

EIN/Tax ID: 364501803
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No