Temperature Sensing Solution for Cryogenic Space Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,504.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD42P
Agency Tracking Number:
095135
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MicroXact, Inc.
80 Massie Drive, Christiansburg, VA, 24073-1071
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
808145465
Principal Investigator:
Paul Hines
Principal Investigator
(540) 392-6917
phines@microxact.com
Business Contact:
Paul Hines
Business Official
(540) 392-6917
phines@microxact.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Cryogenic systems, heavily used in rocket ground testing, space station operations, shuttle launch systems, etc, require a large number of temperature sensors for system management and control. Currently available temperature sensors cannot offer simultaneously sufficient reliability in highly corrosive environments of LOx and LH2 flows and sufficient temperature resolution. Development of new type of cryogenic temperature sensing solutions is needed to meet reliability and sensitivity requirements simultaneously and thus to provide NASA with more efficient, reliable solution for ground testing and flight missions. MicroXact Inc. proposes to develop highly sensitive, reliable sensing solution to address NASA needs that will offer ease of calibration and installation. In Phase I the feasibility of the solution will be experimentally demonstrated. In Phase II, sensors and system will continue to be refined and will undergo extensive testing and validation. By the end of Phase II, the proposed sensing solution will reach TRL 5. In Phase III, Luna will commercialize the developed sensors.

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