NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 X10.01-9782
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Cryogenic Fluid Management Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Ultra-Low-Power MEMS Selective Gas Sensors

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
KWJ Engineering Incorporated
8440 Central Avenue Suite 2D
Newark, CA 94560 - 3453
(510) 405-5911

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joseph R Stetter
jrstetter@kwjengineering.com
8440 Central Avenue
Newark, CA 94560 - 3453
(510) 405-5911 Extension :2

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
KWJ offers this proposal for a very low power but very practical "nano-watt" MEMS sensor platform for NASA requirements. The proposed nano-sensor platform is ultra low power and has a long sensor lifetime for extended battery life or power-harvester operation. The extremely fast response time of the sensor (<100 nsec) will be utilized in this SBIR as a possible new and innovative avenue to create selectivity for TCDs. This approach would only be available to very fast detectors like the new KWJ MEMS detector. The sensor is a platform technology designed for multiple analyte measurement on a single chip. In addition to cryogenic system leak detection for CH4, H2, and He, the platform can address trace levels of N2, O2, and H20 in gaseous helium purge streams. The SBIR project creates products and spin offs for NASA, industrial, and medical applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential NASA applications include:
* Detection of in-space and on-pad leaks from cryogenic storage systems.
* Leak detection for propellants including hydrogen, methane, oxygen.
* Leak detection systems operational both in atmospheric conditions and in vacuum with multiple sensors.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Additional, non-NASA commercial applications include:
* Mine safety detection of methane and carbon monoxide.
* Air quality in automotive passenger cabin during driving.
* Indoor and building air quality.
* Breath analysis for patient diagnostics

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Distribution/Management
Fire Protection
Fuels/Propellants
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Medical
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and smaller
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Process Monitoring & Control
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Storage


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