NASA SBIR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-A2.06-9348 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 033657)
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Modeling and Control of Complex Flows Over Aerospace Vehicles and Propulsion Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:In-Flight Imaging Systems for Hypervelocity and Re-Entry Vehicles

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Thoughtventions Unlimited LLC
40 Nutmeg Lane
Glastonbury ,CT 06033 - 2314
(860) 657 - 9014

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Stephen   Bates
thought@tvu.com
40 Nutmeg Lane
Glastonbury ,CT  06033 -2314
(860) 657 - 9014
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
It is proposed to create a rugged, reliable, compact, standardized imaging system for hypervelocity and re-entry vehicles using sapphire windows, small imagers, and independent telemetry. Such a system is a novel creation that can tolerate the severe aerothermal environment associated with hypervelocity flight. The proposed system answers a critical need for enhanced situation awareness, performance characterization, and rapid anomaly resolution. Images of control surfaces, vehicle health, separation deployment, plume dynamics, combustion behavior, and many other vehicle properties provide a rapid, global assessment of the flows and control status of aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems using a standardized diagnostic package. The system design includes a window, window mounting system, camera, and independent telemetry system. Work in Phase 1 will include computational aerothermal modeling, window, mount, camera, and telemetry design, preliminary hazards analysis, and feasibility/ applications assessment. A Phase 2 prototype will be designed and fabricated for testing at a NASA facility, and finally used on a variety of vehicles in Phase 3. It is expected that the imaging system will have broad application for NASA, DOD, and commercial aerospace vehicles.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
An on-board imaging system would allow direct and global monitoring of many parameters that determine the critical capabilities of many NASA vehicles. Capabilities include: bow shock visualization, leading edge condition, thermal surface mapping, body surfaces degradation, control surface actuation, shock/surface interaction, engine inlet flow monitoring, engine component/combustion monitoring, plume phenomenology, separation events, and situational awareness. NASA vehicles needing the system include: X-43A, X-43C, ISTAR, HYFLY, FAAST, FALCON, X-37, OSP, AAS, Aero-Assisted OTV

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
An on-board imaging system would allow direct and global monitoring of many parameters that determine the critical capabilities of many commercial launch vehicles. Capabilities include: bow shock visualization, leading edge condition, thermal surface mapping, body surfaces degradation, control surface actuation, shock/surface interaction, engine inlet flow monitoring, engine component/combustion monitoring, plume phenomenology, separation events, and situational awareness.