Fiber-Coupled Spectrometer for TPS Materials

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,972.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA06C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
095958
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A2.06
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MI, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105-1570
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
610511334
Principal Investigator:
Eric Viges
Principal Investigator
(248) 561-1747
viges@edapplications.com
Business Contact:
Jonathan Zagel
Business Official
(734) 786-1434
info@edapplications.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
EDA, Inc., in partnership with Penn State, has shown previously that the concept of embedding fiber optics within ablative TPS material has merit and should yield a successful implementation of a spectrometer "window" during a Phase-II development program.Optical instrumentation, such as optical spectrometers would provide benchmark data for fundamental flow, radiation, and materials modeling as well as provide operational correlations between vehicle reentry drag and radiation if implemented in a TPS flight test program. Without flight spectral data, and the appropriate modeling efforts, the power of prediction to assist in new heat shield design does not exist for reentry into other planetary atmospheres. This is a severe limitation for future space exploration missions which FiberPlug helps address.

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