Fiber-Coupled Spectrometer for TPS Materials

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CA06C
Agency Tracking Number: 095958
Amount: $599,972.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ElectroDynamic Applications, Inc.
MI, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105-1570
DUNS: 610511334
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Eric Viges
 Principal Investigator
 (248) 561-1747
Business Contact
 Jonathan Zagel
Title: Business Official
Phone: (734) 786-1434
Research Institution
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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