NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S1.11-9728
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lunar Science Instruments and Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Microhollow Glow Discharge Instrument for In Situ Lunar Surface Measurements

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973 - 9064
(530) 895-2770

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Benjamin Ward
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973 - 9064
(216) 587-4750

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge plasma emission for the detection/classification of lunar soil components including minerals and adsorbed species (e.g. water). This is a broadly applicable technology for gases, aerosols, and solid samples and would complement technology that is already under development for detection of toxic species to monitor fire cleanup filtration systems on spacecraft.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Outside of manned missions, major targets of interest to NASA's space exploration efforts include Mars, Europa, Titan, comets and other planetary systems. The instrument concept to be developed here is anticipated to be relevant to the following missions; a) comet missions where surface chemical analysis to determine and characterize the organic composition of gas, ice particles and dusts, b) Mars missions for microscale in situ technologies for detection and characterization of organic compounds, improved field analysis of trace or biomarkers and biologically important solutes (e.g. nutrients) and other physical/chemical factors that might be an indication of life. c) Outer solar system missions to Europa (e.g. Europa Orbiter, Europa Lander, Europa Ocean Observer, and Europa Lander Network) for chemical and exobiological analysis, and determining the inventory of organic compounds and biogenic elements. d) Titan missions (e.g. Titan Biologic Explorer) where instruments are needed to search for and identify more complex organic molecules.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Evaluation and response to bio- and chemical hazards requires on-site analytical analysis using compact, low power, portable instrumentation featuring high sensitivity with little or no user expertise. Additional applications are found in industrial health and safety applications, exhaust emissions monitoring, atmospheric monitoring, manufacturing, mining, and construction

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.)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Biological Signature (i.e., Signs Of Life)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)

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