NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-2- S1.07-6153
PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER:
 80NSSC18P2038
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 In Situ Instruments/Technologies for Planetary Science
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Pressure Sensors for Glenn Extreme Environment Rig and Planetary Science Applications
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
515 Courtney Way, Suite B
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 516-9075

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kevin Harsh
harshk@sporian.com
515 Courtney Way, Suite B
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8821
(303) 516-9075

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kevin Harsh
harshk@sporian.com
515 Courtney Way, Suite B
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8821
(303) 516-9075

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 4
End: 6
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

In-situ instrumentation is needed that can withstand the harsh environments imposed by planetary atmospheres in order to make advancements in solar system exploration. Technologies that can withstand the corrosive/caustic gases, radiation levels, stresses, and high temperatures and pressures, while still producing reliable, real-time data are a major facilitator for planetary missions. To address this need, Sporian is developing a harsh environment pressure sensor targeted toward the Glenn Extreme Environment Rig (GEER) and future Venus probe spacecraft. The proposed technology will be beneficial to NASA’s planetary science mission by facilitating, environmental chamber testing/validation, and pressure measurements in the Venus atmosphere and on the surface. The Phase I effort focused on heavily leveraging prior harsh environment, in-situ instrumentation development and, with input from current/prior NASA partners, successfully constructing and characterizing prototype sensor suites.  Phase II efforts will include: continuing to work with stakeholders to guide technology development; developing processes and design required to realize next generation sensors; multiple generations of prototyping; and application environment relevant testing.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

A harsh environment sensor that can provide real-time pressure information has the potential to provide major advancements in planetary science. The technology will target the Glenn Extreme Environment Rig and its capability to mimic planetary conditions such as those on Venus, but be directly applicable to both current and future NASA programs/directorates, and facilitate innovations in vehicle performance monitoring, environmental testing, and atmospheric characterization of planetary bodies.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Aero propulsion turbine engines  would benefit significantly by having an on engine pressure sensor for monitoring turbine engine conditions.  Additional potential market areas include: marine propulsion, rail locomotives, land based power generation turbines, automotive, oil and gas refining, nuclear power generation, concentrating solar power systems, and government and academic laboratories.

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