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Intelligent Fiber Optic Sensor Suite for Advanced Propulsion Ground Testing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23PB448
Agency Tracking Number: 232182
Amount: $149,758.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H10
Solicitation Number: SBIR_23_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-02
Small Business Information
4425 Fortran Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-2300
United States
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Black
 (408) 565-9000
 rjb@ifos.com
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Email: bm@ifos.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

IFOS proposes to develop a test rig sensor suite to measure pressures/acoustics, static and dynamic strains and temperatures for advanced propulsion systems such as that used for NASArsquo;s Space Launch System (SLS) and SpaceXrsquo;s Starship IFOS will leverage off its experience in the turbine engine industry and harsh environment sensors. The system incorporates multiplexed optical fiber sensors adapted to measuring temperature, dynamic pressure/acoustics, static and dynamic strain at high sampling rates. Compared to existing ground testing technology, the system has greatly simplified design, reduced size, and expanded sensing capability in terms of number of sensing points, multi-functionality and overall precision. Phase I will demonstrate feasibility and Phase II will develop and deliver an engineering prototype for transitioning to NASArsquo;s test rigs. The proposed test rig sensor suite will assist rigorous ground testing to. It will faciltate minimization of test program time, cost, and risk including mitigate propulsion system risks inherent in spaceflight as well as meet existing environmental and safety regulations.

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