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Modular Embedded Intelligent Sensor Network

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CS10P
Agency Tracking Number: 150264
Amount: $122,168.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T13.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 2032
Santa Barbara, CA 93120-4914
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Casey Hare
 Principle Investigator
 (805) 448-4138
Business Contact
 Timothy Halsey
Title: Business Official
Phone: (805) 284-4535
Research Institution
 University of California at Santa Barbara
 Cara Egan-Williams
Office of Research, Cheadle Hall 3227
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2050
United States

 (805) 893-8809
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Remote sensing, when combined with real-time processing, provides instant feedback on safety, mission success and system health. Being able to combine embedded sensing with distributed networks gives us the additional potential to further benefit many systems and sub-systems in the aerospace industry including launch vehicles, ground test equipment and spacecraft. These remote distributed sensor networks need to be flexible to the needs of different types of data, environments and configurations. Highly flexible solutions will support the widest variety of sensors, power methods, communication protocols and real-time processing algorithms.

Angstrom Designs proposes a modular, embedded, intelligent sensor network comprised of a network of sensor nodes, to maximize flexibility. Each system node contains three modules: sensor, communications and power. We propose to develop sensor modules to gather and condition signals including heat flux, acoustics and electric fields to compliment existing temperature, pressure and strain measurement hardware. Communications modules will transmit sensor data via high-frequency, high-bandwidth, low-power network technologies. Power modules will supply power to the node through the use of battery, solar or scavenged power. Phase I prototype system nodes will be smaller than 5 cubic centimeters (cc), and after miniaturization, nodes will likely be smaller than 0.5 cc. Additionally, radiation hard versions of many of the components will be available for possible flight missions. A central processing gateway receives data from the sensor network, provides real-time processing of the data and reports raw and processed data to test engineers and software via standard network interfaces. Research partner, the Pennathur lab at UCSB, adds expertise and capability in advanced power harvesting, micro- and nanofluidic based sensors.

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