NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-2- S4.05-9872
 Contamination Control and Planetary Protection
 Contamination Control System Via Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Skyhaven Systems, LLC
25557 Bella Vista Circle, PO Box 770252
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 846-0547

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Daniel Carr
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michael Kimble
405 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite B209, PO Box 770252
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 - 8934
(970) 846-0547

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

NASA mission planners continue to develop plans for investigating celestial bodies including Europa, Enceladus, and Mars for potential life detection. Contamination Control and Planetary Protection requirements focus on both forward and backward contamination from such bodies where a number of acceptable processes have been developed for sterilizing spacecraft hardware and sample return materials. In particular, for backward contamination control, NASA has shown that vaporized hydrogen peroxide is an effective method for sterilizing samples and surfaces. However, for long duration exploration missions, stored hydrogen peroxide solutions lose their efficacy. To ensure an effective vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization process for return trips, Skyhaven Systems, LLC proposed to develop a miniaturized vapor hydrogen peroxide generator that produces this sterilant in situ using only water and DC electrical energy. With this approach, surfaces and sample return materials can be effectively sterilized during sample collection using a NASA approved sterilant.

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

This vaporized hydrogen peroxide system is directed towards NASA’s needs for contamination control and planetary protection. Integrating this peroxide generator into sterilization system will enable an effective sterilant to be produced for long duration missions where stored hydrogen peroxide is not feasible. Further, the oxygen and water breakdown products from the sterilization process can be reclaimed minimizing expendable losses.

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

Commercial opportunities for the hydrogen peroxide generator may be directed toward medical equipment sterilization. Integrating this generator into sterilizers will enable fresh hydrogen peroxide to be generated overcoming storage concerns that can lead to a loss of efficacy over time.


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