NASA STTR 2003 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:03-II T9.01-9890
PHASE-I CONTRACT NUMBER: NNS04AA33C
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE:Rocket Propulsion Testing Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:High-Frequency Flush Mounted Miniature LOX Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor II

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Luna Innovations Incorporated NAME:The University of Alabama in 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)
Matt Earle Palmer
submissions@lunainnovations.com
U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident: Yes

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Luna Innovations has teamed 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 proposed development is that the miniature flush-mounted fiber-optic pressure sensor is not intrusive, is intrinsically safe, and is a novel adaptation of proven technology. To insure compatibility with the LOx environment, the sensor has been 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, prototype sensors were demonstrated in Liquid Oxygen (LOx) at temperatures of -196oC. The sensor was able to measure pressures over 1000 psi and transients exceeding 4500 psi/sec rates of change without failure. During the Phase II, optimized thermally compensated 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 100 WORDS)
The following NASA applications have been identified as possible beneficiaries of the proposed technology:
? NASA development of the next generation re-usable launch vehicle for space shuttle replacement,
? NASA research and development of higher performance, lower cost and safer engine technologies for the President's initiative to reach the Moon, Mars and Beyond, including :
o affordable heavy lift capability
o high acceleration, high life cycle, reusable in-space main engine
? 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
All of which will further develop Man's Exploration of Space.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 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
Industrial monitoring and control of harsh chemical production such as ? mild to heavy oxidizers, bases and acids.


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