Virtual Sensor Wiring Harness for Hazardous Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,678.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0269
Award Id:
87002
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-020-2401
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
PO Box 3426, Lawrence, KS, 66046
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
108339966
Principal Investigator:
Tom Sherwood
Principal Investigator
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Business Contact:
Tom Sherwood
President
(785) 979-1113
tom.sherwood@kalscott.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Continuous environmental health monitoring is a growing requirement for missile systems to ensure their long-term reliability while being stored, transported and operated in harsh environmental conditions. While several sensors currently exist for measuring temperature, relative humidity, shock/vibration, and other key parameters, the wiring required for such a network of embedded sensors, specially for munitions, would be difficult to install and maintain. The wiring harness adds weight and complexity to the missile system, which could be avoided by using a wireless network. But the wireless system would have to work in the complex RF environment within a missile system, and not cause unintended intitiation of electro-explosive components within the missile. Also, such a wireless system would have to be low power, to maintain safety in a potentially explosive environement, and for long-term functioning. The goal of the proposed effort is to develop such a low-power, long-life, safe wireless network for embedded sensors in a missile system, which provides remote end-users with accurate, near real-time health status awareness information for munitions.

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