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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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Program Year/Program:
2009 / 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 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Process-Hardened, Multi-Analyte Sensor for Characterizing Rocket Plum Constituents Under Test Environment
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CB79C
Award Amount: $599,999.00


The objective of the Phase II STTR project is to develop a prototype multi-analyte sensor system to detect gaseous analytes present in the test stands during propulsion test activities. Data on the concentrations of propellant-derived species are important to assure proper integration of safety protocols with testing activities to comply with environmental regulations. InnoSense LLC (ISL) has utilized its Chemical Fingerprint(TM) sensor array fabrication technology in Phase I to establish the feasibility of the multi-analyte approach. In particular, we have detected carbon dioxide, isopropanol, carbon monoxide, kerosene and ethylene as potential target analytes in the test stands. We have employed pin printing-based fabrication strategies, which would allow us to customize the sensor suite specific to engine types using different propellants. Concerning the placement of the sensors at the test stands, NASA users will use their discretion in deciding the location based on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) reports. The sensors developed under this project can be used to validate these CFD models. ISL has received endorsement letters on the technology from two NASA prime contractors. ISL has also secured Phase III funding commitment from two commercialization partners. 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:

Kisholoy Goswami
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kisholoy Goswami
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 Knoxville
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996 1534
Contact Phone: (865) 974-3446
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university