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Intrinsically Safe Hypergolic Optical Leak Detection System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B112-023-0292
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-023
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Intrinsically Safe Hypergolic Optical Leak Detection System
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7843
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes to develop an intrinsically safe hypergolic leak detection system using its well established, optical based sensing techniques. Highly stable, sensitive, reversible colorimetric indicators will be used to detect monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide. Considerable work was conducted to develop new sensors for hydrazines and nitrogen dioxide, specifically to address shortcomings such as slow response and/or recovery time, long-term chemical instability, sensor irreversibility, and unacceptably high power requirements. However, despite tremendous promise, none of the approaches studied to date have met all the objectives for a remote and widely deployable, low-cost sensor. The proposed detection platform incorporates reliable shock, vibration, humidity, and temperature sensors to build additional capabilities specifically required for the safe storage, transportation, and deployment of liquid hypergolic propellants, and operational capability of the DACS and the missile system overall. The proposed optical leak detection system will offer a miniature, lightweight, low cost, low power, reliable sensing solution for ballistic missile defense interceptors. IOS, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman will achieve the optimum design and performance criteria to accomplish safety standard requirements. Phase I will demonstrate the chemistry selected for the fiber sensors, as well as determine safety issues and requirements for system design.

Principal Investigator:

Manal Beshay
Lead Chemist
(424) 263-6360
sbirproposals@intopsys.com

Business Contact:

Reuben Sandler
Chief Executive Officer
(424) 263-6305
randdoffice@intopsys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 954680779
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No