Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,944.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNS07AA07C
Award Id:
77565
Agency Tracking Number:
054572
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
19221 I-45 South, Suite 530, Conroe, TX, 77385
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782566418
Principal Investigator:
EricKrug
Principal Investigator
(281) 292-9903
ekrug@invocon.com
Business Contact:
MaryPate
Business Official
(281) 292-9903
pate@invocon.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The efficient utilization of ground test facilities and launch sites is critical for the success of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration. The development of an innovative Wireless Integrated Microelectronic Vacuum Sensor System for monitoring vacuum-jacketed pipelines is proposed that would address the need of NASA for measurements of the insulating capability of cryogenic lines for ground testing, flight vehicles, and launch facilities. Recent advances in both MEMS vacuum gauge technology and low-power, long range radio frequency transceivers has enabled the development of a low-cost, miniature device with sophisticated capabilities. The complete, self-contained, battery operated system would fit within the volume of the current vacuum gauges only and provide periodic, continuous monitoring of vacuum conditions throughout the entire facility. Such a system would reduce operations costs and increase vacuum jacket reliability by eliminating the need for human intervention, reduce package, wiring size and weight, and provide constant network reporting and monitoring of the facility from any Internet enabled computer. Beyond this application for vacuum monitoring, the long-range wireless sensor networking capabilities developed under this program would be applicable to a vast array of other sensor types and control applications throughout Stennis Space Center and other NASA facilities.

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