NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 H3.02-8895
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Environmental Monitoring for Spacecraft Cabins
PROPOSAL TITLE: Hydrazine monitoring technology for spacecraft cabin

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mesa Photonics, LLC
1550 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505 - 3914
(505) 216-5015

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Andrei B. Vakhtin
1550 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505 - 3914
(505) 216-5015

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr David S. Bomse
1550 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505 - 3914
(505) 216-5015

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Environmental Monitoring for Spacecraft Cabins is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This project will develop an innovative, fast, sensitive and selective hydrazine measurement technology specifically designed for spacecraft cabin monitoring applications. The target instrument will be compact, robust and low-power with battery-powered option. The target hydrazine limit of detection is < 1 ppm, time response 30 s or better. The Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed hydrazine measurement approach and will yield benchtop technology ready for transition to a compact standalone prototype in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Hydrazine, its derivatives and their mixtures are used as propellants in nearly every spacecraft's thrusters, orbital maneuvering systems and auxiliary power units. The problem with hydrazine is that it is extremely toxic and corrosive. Hydrazine contamination of the spacecraft cabin may occur as a result of exposure of astronauts to hydrazine residuals or leaks during extravehicular activity operations. By providing sensitive and selective continuous hydrazine monitoring in a compact lightweight package the proposed technology will significantly enhance the safety of the International Space Station and future NASA missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercialization of the proposed technology will result in a hydrazine sensor that will combine high performance characteristics, small footprint and relatively low price. Hydrazine is a common propellant used in missile systems; therefore, DOD is expected to be interested in this technology. In industry, hydrazine is used as a precursor to blowing agents, gas-forming compounds for air bags and also several pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Maintaining safe levels of hydrazine requires fast and sensitive hydrazine monitoring technology, which creates a high commercial potential for this technology as an industrial hydrazine monitoring application.

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)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Space Transportation & Safety

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