Engineering Next Generation Launch Systems for Supportability

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,851.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX08CA40C
Award Id:
83750
Agency Tracking Number:
060437
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 Great Meadow Road, Suite 603, Wethersfield, CT, 06109
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808837496
Principal Investigator:
Marta Olenick
Principal Investigator
(860) 257-8014
marta@teamqsi.com
Business Contact:
Somnath Deb
President
(860) 257-8014
Research Institute:
Vanderbilt University

Division of Sponsored Research, 110 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN, 37203-2641
(615) 322-2641
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In order to meet the challenges of high probability of mission success for space exploration, ground support system for various launch operations that responds rapidly to system events and anomalies is essential. In addition, the vast amount monitored parameters (around 50,000) for ground support system requires systematically supportablity analysis and trade-off studies for sensor optimization. Qualtech Systems, Inc. (QSI), in cooperation with Vanderbilt University, proposes to develop an integrated ground support system for addressing the ground support health management problem. The proposed solution provides supportability analysis for LOX system and real-time monitoring for select target system (e.g. hydraulic system). The supportability analysis uses QSI's TEAMS modeling of a candidate Liquid Oxygen (LOX) system which covers ground fueling facilities, mobile launcher and launch pad. An efficient sensor optimization schemes is developed to evaluate current available sensors and proposed upgrade sensor groups. Real-time monitoring collect sensor data from candidate system to the integrated test layer (wherein advanced tests are designed) and passed to the real-time diagnostic reasoner.

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