Intrinsically Safe Hypergolic Optical Leak Detection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7843
Agency Tracking Number: B112-023-0292
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-023
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Manal Beshay
 Lead Chemist
 (424) 263-6360
Business Contact
 Reuben Sandler
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (424) 263-6305
Research Institution
Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) proposes to develop an intrinsically safe hypergolic leak detection system using its well established, optical based sensing techniques. Highly stable, sensitive, reversible colorimetric indicators will be used to detect monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide. Considerable work was conducted to develop new sensors for hydrazines and nitrogen dioxide, specifically to address shortcomings such as slow response and/or recovery time, long-term chemical instability, sensor irreversibility, and unacceptably high power requirements. However, despite tremendous promise, none of the approaches studied to date have met all the objectives for a remote and widely deployable, low-cost sensor. The proposed detection platform incorporates reliable shock, vibration, humidity, and temperature sensors to build additional capabilities specifically required for the safe storage, transportation, and deployment of liquid hypergolic propellants, and operational capability of the DACS and the missile system overall. The proposed optical leak detection system will offer a miniature, lightweight, low cost, low power, reliable sensing solution for ballistic missile defense interceptors. IOS, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman will achieve the optimum design and performance criteria to accomplish safety standard requirements. Phase I will demonstrate the chemistry selected for the fiber sensors, as well as determine safety issues and requirements for system design.

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