NASA STTR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-T9.01-9890 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 030110)
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE:Rocket Propulsion Testing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:High-Frequency Flush Mounted Miniature LOX Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Luna Innovations Incorporated NAME:University of Alabama, Huntsville -
ADDRESS:2851 Commerce Street ADDRESS:301 Sparkman Dr SW, Von Braun Res. Hall Rm E12
CITY:Blacksburg CITY:Huntsville
STATE/ZIP:VA  24060-6657 STATE/ZIP:AL  35899-0000
PHONE: (540) 552-5128 PHONE: (256) 824-2656

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name,Email)
Matthew Earle Palmer
palmerm@lunainnovations.com
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Luna Innovations is teaming with the University of Alabama, Huntsville, to develop a miniature flush-mounted fiber-optic pressure sensor that will allow accurate, high-frequency high-pressure measurement of LOx and LH2. The Innovation of this system is that the sensor is not intrusive, will not interfere with the flow field, and is a novel adaptation of proven technology. To insure compatibility with the LOx environment, the sensor will be constructed from metal-oxides, ceramics and other materials that are intrinsically safe. The sensor will help engineers optimize performance of liquid fueled rocket engines for the next generation of reusable lift vehicles, and flight versions of the sensors will enable real-time monitoring and control of the engines, improving safety and enabling commercialization of space. During the Phase I, a prototype sensor will be designed and tested to verify feasibility. Materials and bonds will be tested to insure compatibility with LOx. During the Phase II, optimized sensors will be constructed and extensive tests conducted to advance the technology to pre-production status. This system meets NASA?s goals by providing LOx and LH2 pressure data while: 1) minimizing intrusion, 2) improving reliability, 3) having fast response time, and 4) being intrinsically safe.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The following NASA applications have been identified as possible beneficiaries of the proposed technology:
? NASA research on the next generation re-usable launch vehicle technologies (NGLT).
? NASA research on low cost and safer engine technologies for the commercialization of Space
? DOD and NASA research in SCRAM jet propulsion technology
? DOD and NASA research in advanced air-breathing and hybrid propulsion systems for the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) and X-43

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Luna has worked extensively with major aerospace manufacturers, and has identified several applications that could benefit from the proposed technology:
? Development of lower cost and safer engine technologies for the commercialization of space
? Commercial rocket engine testing and operation
? Control of LOX systems for industrial smelting operations