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Process-Hardened, Multi-Analyte Sensor for Characterizing Rocket Plum…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2008 / STTR
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Small Business Information
2531 W 237TH ST, STE 127 TORRANCE, CA 90505-5245
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Process-Hardened, Multi-Analyte Sensor for Characterizing Rocket Plum Constituents Under Test Environment
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CD51P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This STTR project aims to develop a process-hardened, simple and low cost multi-analyte sensor for detecting components of rocket engine plumes. The sensor will be constructed with materials for operating continuously at 550 OK. It will also withstand temperatures as high as 2100 OK for at least five seconds. NASA roadmaps point towards new hydrocarbon fueled engines. A non-intrusive instrument suitable for monitoring plume signature with high degree of reliability will facilitate this future development. Tasks are designed to establish the device feasibility by detecting carbon dioxide and kerosene in air over 0-1% (v/v) range in the presence of 100% moisture. The sensor array chip is capable of holding indicators for tens of analytes. A major aerospace company has expressed strong interest in the proposed technology for integrating in their test facilities. InnoSense LLC (ISL) will develop, characterize and field-test the prototype in Phase II. For assuring success of this project, ISL has assembled a technical team with a cumulative 90 person-years of experience in developing commercially viable sensor systems.

Principal Investigator:

Shelly Mechery
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Latika Datta
Chief Operational Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innosense, LLC
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 Torrance, CA 90505

EIN/Tax ID: 364501803
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996 1529
Contact Phone: (865) 974-3466
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university