Wireless Networked Cryogenic and Minimum Pressure Sensors

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0036
Agency Tracking Number: 185942
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T13
Solicitation Number: STTR_18_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-15
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, 24136-3645
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hang Ruan
 (540) 626-6266
 hruan@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Email: mcampbell@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Virginia Tech MC 0238
Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
During the NASA program, we will transition the semiconductor nanomembrane self-calibrating cryogenic and minimum pressure sensors from their current concept and prototype TRL 4-5 demonstration stage, to near-term instrumentation products of use to NASArsquo;s propulsion system facilities, other NASA instrumentation programs, academic researchers and industrial technologists. NanoSonic will again work cooperatively with our Virginia Tech university partner to improve our current mechanical and electrical models of semiconductor NM-based self-calibrating sensor performance that will allow quantitative optimization of material properties and suggest optimal methods for sensor attachment and use for 1) cryogenic liquid pressure and 2) purge-box minimum gas pressure measurement applications. NanoSonic and Virginia Tech will go beyond Phase I analysis to perform a complete study of sensor cross-sensitivities and noise sources to allow optimization of signal-to-noise ratio and practical sensor sensitivity. We will provide NASA with sensor hardware and software as Phase II deliverables, and be available to provide technical support, should sensor testing on-site at NASA be possible.

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