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Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITE
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNS05AA06C
Award Amount: $600,000.00


The product of the Phase II effort will be a Multi-Use Non-Intrusive Flow Characterization System (FCS) for densified, normal boiling point, and two-phase cryogenic flows, capable of accurately measuring several fluid parameters in real-time. Cryogenic fluids are ubiquitous in the aerospace industry; however, adequate flow instrumentation to support terrestrial, in-space, and planetary operations is currently unavailable. FCS was originated to address this issue and greatly enhance the quantification, reliability, and safety of propulsion test operations, as well as reduce operational expenses. FCS will also play a significant role in initiatives for the exploration of the Moon and Mars through supporting the design, development, and operation of gravity-dependant processes. FCS handles both transient and steady state flows, and can operate in the following five modes: (1) on-line analysis of fluid mixtures; (2) mass flow rate measurement; (3) temperature measurement; (4) fluid conditioning and health monitoring; and (5) model validation for a cryogenic or non-cryogenic fluid flow. The Phase II effort will develop an FCS system that has broad application throughout NASA and the rest of the aerospace community. A fully functional FCS system will be delivered to NASA/SSC upon completion of the program for use in the E1 or other facility.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel J. Gramer

Business Contact:

Lori Koffarnus
Business Official
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Orbital Technologies Corporation
1212 Fourier Drive Madison, WI 53717

EIN/Tax ID: 391628664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No