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Innovative CO2 Analyzer Technology for the Eddy Covariance Flux Monitor

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83998
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
065841
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
1930 Central Avenue Suite A Boulder, CO 80301-2895
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Innovative CO2 Analyzer Technology for the Eddy Covariance Flux Monitor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX07CA67P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to build and evaluate NDIR Analyzers that can observe eddy covariance flux of CO2 from unmanned airborne platforms. For both phases, a total of four analyzers are to be evaluated for their nose (ppb rms, Dry Mole Fraction) and susceptibility to artifacts on platform. We present original framework for their evaluation. It consists of expressions for their potential noises, artifacts and the functionality of their electro-optical processors on platform. Phase I begins with the construction of two innovative NDIR analyzers, one close- and the other open-path. Each is based on the industry-standard airborne analyzer made by the proposing corporation. It is solid-state, runs at 8 Hz and has negligible sensitivity to motion. We propose existing technologies to increase the electro-optical modulation frequency to 100 Hz. The rms sensitivity (ppb), the level of drying and frequency response to air will be documented. The goal is a technology having the air sampling frequency of 100 Hz, rms sensitivity of 100 ppb and negligible artifacts, the target specifications of NASA's Southern Ocean Initiative. The plan for Phase II will be to evaluate the analyzers by observations of eddy covariance flux made from unmanned and piloted aircraft above terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Principal Investigator:

James R. Smith
Principal Investigator
3034433389
jim@aosinc.net

Business Contact:

James R. Smith
President
3034433389
jim@aosinc.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
1930 Central Avenue, Suite A Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 753074413
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No