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Modular Hypergolic Leak Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-16-C-7745
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2308
Amount: $4,498,894.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-013
Solicitation Number: 12.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-13
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Maksudul Alam
 Deputy Director
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution

The Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) THAAD system is capable of detecting and intercepting ballistic missile threats. Hypergolic fuels are used in these missiles for inducing spontaneous ignition. These fuels are toxic, and require monitoring of leakage. InnoSense LLC (ISL) has developed a prototype sensor following Lockheed Martin (LM) specifications. ISL sensors are designed to serve as a drop-in replacement for the existing LM sensors. Tests show that ISL sensors detect 10–300 ppm MMH and 10–100 ppm NO2 within 10 minutes at temperatures ranging from -46 C to +71 C. They exhibit long-term operational stability and capability of withstanding shock and vibration under laboratory conditions. When tested at LM Advanced Technology Center, the prototype sensors detected 235 ppm MMH and 97 ppm NO2 at 35 C and 235 ppm MMH at -46 C. This sensor system needs ruggedization and construction of multiple prototype units for rigorous testing followed by independent validation. Toward that in this project, refined, optimized and ruggedized working prototype units will be developed. LM has endorsed this project and through a support letter expressed intent to continue working with ISL. A highly skilled engineering and commercialization team has been assembled for executing the proposed project.

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