Process-Hardened, Multi-Analyte Sensor for Characterizing Rocket Plum Constituents Under Test Environment

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CD51P
Agency Tracking Number: 070117
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-5245
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shelly Mechery
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Latika Datta
Title: Chief Operational Officer
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution
 University of Tennessee
 Not Available
 1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37996
 (865) 974-3466
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
This STTR project aims to develop a process-hardened, simple and low cost multi-analyte sensor for detecting components of rocket engine plumes. The sensor will be constructed with materials for operating continuously at 550 OK. It will also withstand temperatures as high as 2100 OK for at least five seconds. NASA roadmaps point towards new hydrocarbon fueled engines. A non-intrusive instrument suitable for monitoring plume signature with high degree of reliability will facilitate this future development. Tasks are designed to establish the device feasibility by detecting carbon dioxide and kerosene in air over 0-1% (v/v) range in the presence of 100% moisture. The sensor array chip is capable of holding indicators for tens of analytes. A major aerospace company has expressed strong interest in the proposed technology for integrating in their test facilities. InnoSense LLC (ISL) will develop, characterize and field-test the prototype in Phase II. For assuring success of this project, ISL has assembled a technical team with a cumulative 90 person-years of experience in developing commercially viable sensor systems.

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