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Hypervelocity Impact Detection, Location, and Assessment for Thermal Protection Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2178
Agency Tracking Number: 184943
Amount: $124,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z11
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-15
Small Business Information
19221 I-45 South, Suite 530
Conroe, TX 77385-8746
United States
DUNS: 782566418
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Trott
 (281) 292-9903
Business Contact
 Aaron Trott
Phone: (281) 292-9903
Research Institution

A system is proposed that can track the AE and RF energy dispersion that is created when a vehicle is impacted by a projectile at hyper velocity. This same device can measure the time of arrival of the charge wave front at transducers placed throughout the vehicle. Using the known velocity of the energy in the skin of the vehicle, the system can calculate the exact point of impact. Furthermore, characteristics of the energy measured by sensors on the back side of the structure indicate that the system can accurately provide a binary answer of whether the structure has been breached or not. Initial data show that false positives are not likely. However, using a second parameter can help to eliminate false positives and maximize system reliability.

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