Engineering Next Generation Launch Systems for Supportability

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CA40C
Agency Tracking Number: 060437
Amount: $599,851.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: T1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Qualtech Systems, Inc.
100 Great Meadow Road, Suite 603, Wethersfield, CT, 06109-2355
DUNS: 808837496
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marta Olenick
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 257-8014
Business Contact
 Somnath Deb
Title: President
Phone: (860) 257-8014
Research Institution
 Vanderbilt University
 Not Available
 Division of Sponsored Research, 110 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN, 37203
 (615) 322-2641
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
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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