Hydrocarbon Gas Detection Sensors For Flight Research

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS4-02009
Agency Tracking Number: 013582
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
275 Fairchild Avenue, Suite 106, Chico, CA, 95973
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darby Makel
 Principal Investigator
 (530) 895-2771
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Email: dmakel@makelengineering.com
Research Institution
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) propose to develop self contained, autonomous, hydrocarbon gas detection sensor modules for use on flight research vehicles. Flight testing of research vehicles such as the Hyper-X, and Future-X require the use of hazardous gas detection system to ensure flight safety. There is a need for compact, easily deployed gas detection for hydrocarbon fuels that can be used for both ground and flight testing. The proposed system is based on the use of advanced, micro-machined gas detection sensors capable of quantitative measurement of hydrocarbon based fuels. Solid-state sensors for hydrocarbon and oxygen detection have recently been demonstrated by MEI and CWRU. We propose to develop a miniature, autonomous sensor modules using these sensor elements and integrated low power microelectronics. The sensor modules will be capable of entirely self-contained operation with the option for battery power, on-board data storage, and wireless communications. These sensor modules will require minimal installation and will be suitable for flight safety applications.

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