NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S1.09-8483
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In Situ Sensors and Sensor Systems for Lunar and Planetary Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Harsh Environment Gas Sensor Array for Venus Atmospheric 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)
Darby Makel
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973 - 9064
(530) 895-2771

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Makel Engineering and the Ohio State University propose to develop a harsh environment tolerant gas sensor array for atmospheric
analysis in future Venus missions. The proposed instrument will be very compact, require low power, and ruggedly packaged to be
compatible with balloon a payload for atmospheric composition analysis. The goal is to provide information on local SOx (or total
sulfur compounds if a reactive filter is used), CO, O2, NOx, H2 and/or water vapor concentrations in order to complement other
measurement systems that were targeted in the 2009 Venus Flagship Mission Study such as a GC-MS, nephelometer, or
camera/optical detector

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This proposal targets complementary technology development to enhancement measurement systems that were targeted in the 2009
Venus Flagship Mission Study such as a GC-MS, nephelometers, or cameras/optical detectors. Significant development of the
baseline instrumentation (GC/mass spectrometers) will be needed to meet the specifications for the 2021 mission. The proposed
array of miniaturized, robust, high temperature (600-800 C) solid electrolyte chemical sensors can significantly augment decent
phase data and provide useful instrumentation options during mission development. Similar sensors can be developed for other
planetary studies with potentially harsh atmospheres.
This class of sensors has been developed by MEI and OSU in cooperation with NASA and directed primarily towards engine exhaust
measurements for enhanced flight measurement capabilities for future use in engine control and IVHM

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology has military and commercial applications as well, which fits well with NASA's mission for the promotion of advanced
technology for civil aviation. This technology will also apply to in-situ measurement capabilities for coal power plants, industrial
burners, boilers, gas turbines, and other engines.

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)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Process Monitoring & Control
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)

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