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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: 80NSSC19C0205
Agency Tracking Number: 184943
Amount: $749,973.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z11
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-18
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
 Morris Hicks
Phone: (228) 813-6325
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 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, Phase I testing has shown that the energy measured by sensors on the structure can accurately provide a binary answer of whether the structure has been breached or not. The measurement of a second parameter can help to eliminate false positives and maximize system reliability. The sensors for this system can be mounted on either the inside or the outside of the structure. This significantly increases the flexibility of integrating the system with host vehicles.

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