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Intelligent Sensor System for Rocket Propulsion Testing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22CA034
Agency Tracking Number: 205309
Amount: $749,710.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T13
Solicitation Number: STTR_20_P2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-03-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-03-02
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1077
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Farrell
 (978) 783-8292
Business Contact
 Michael Tieman
Title: mhealy
Phone: (978) 738-8112
Research Institution
 Auburn University
23 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL 36849-0001
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) and Auburn University propose to complete development of a Smart Sensor Module (SSM) to enable wireless sensing capabilities in rocket propulsion systems. The SSM is an electronics interface designed to connect to trusted, flight-qualified, and commercially available sensors without altering the measurement technique. At each sensor location, the SSM serves as a node in a wireless mesh network, allowing each node to transmit and receive data while providing onboard computing for real time decision making. The SSM increases NASArsquo;s capabilities by eliminating labor-intensive tasks such as routing and securing cables, and will improve sensor accessibility in locations that are difficult to diagnose.nbsp;In Phase I, PSI created a workhorse SSM capable of wireless communication in a mesh network, while Auburnrsquo;s aggregation methods were used to integrate the PSI sensor network with a user friendly software interface. Multiple SSMs were built and demonstrated in a single wireless network, simultaneously transmitting pressure and temperature data to the gateway with synchronized time stamps.nbsp;In Phase II, the SSM hardware design will be advanced to the final SSM product size and weight, and the integrated network will be demonstrated on one of PSIrsquo;s rocket engine test stands. This program will result in a final product at the conclusion of the Phase II program, offering a low risk, near-term transition to NASA and commercial propulsion facilities.

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