Low-cost Multi-sensors as Embedded Gauges for In-situ Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of Rocket Motor Serviceability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00030-06-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: N031-0122
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-155
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 128688111
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Schaible
 President
 (303) 516-9075
 brian@sporian.com
Business Contact
 Bill Garrett
Title: VP Oprerations
Phone: (303) 516-9075
Email: bill@sporian.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently, the service life of various solid rocket motor systems are assessed and/or extended by conducting a surveillance/type-life program, which is costly and time-consuming. By utilizing sensors built into or around the motor, the serviceability or “fitness for duty” of an individual motor would be determined based on a detailed “risk assessment” of embedded sensor data. The end objective of the proposed Phase II work is the demonstration of a prototype environmental monitoring module/data logger ideal for flexible use in measuring/monitoring relevant environmental conditions on the rocket motors, as well as in other environmental monitoring applications. The technical approach is to combine advantageous sensor technologies, aggressive electronics packaging, and facilitating RF components to create a very small, low power, long lifetime, low cost component without compromising utility. This work will include: detailed design specification, identification of logistical requirements for sensor integration in relevant application systems, several generations of prototyping, laboratory testing of integrated and non-integrated components, and software/firmware development. This work is to be done through the combined efforts of Sporian Microsystems, and Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors-Eagan, MN(LM-MS2).

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