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SensorLine: A Distributed Sensor System for Planetary Exploration

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
66899
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022776
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited, Inc.
11711 N. Creek Pkwy S., Suite D113 Bothell, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: SensorLine: A Distributed Sensor System for Planetary Exploration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL04AA18C
Award Amount: $599,465.00
 

Abstract:

The SensorLine is a small, simple, low-cost system for deploying arrays of tethered microsensors for planetary, asteroid, and subsurface exploration. The SensorLine system integrates the microsensors into a thin, lightweight tether that provides both power and communication. In planetary exploration applications, the SensorLine?s novel deployment method permits these sensors to be distributed over long distances on a planetary surface, enabling planetary landers to obtain in situ thermal, chemical, seismic, and other measurements over a much wider area at a significantly lower cost, complexity, and technical risk than robotic rovers. In exploration of the lunar poles, the SensorLine could enable a probe placed on a sunlit hill to obtain in situ measurements of soil composition in a permanently shaded crater. In subsurface exploration applications such as the proposed Cryoscout experiment, the SensorLine system can provide power, communications, and distributed sensing capabilities for burrowing probes.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey T. Slostad
Principal Investigator
4257440400
slostad@tethers.com

Business Contact:

Robert Hoyt
Business Official
4257440400
hoyt@tethers.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tethers Unlimited
19011 36th Ave W., Suite F Lynnwood, WA 98036

EIN/Tax ID: 911834561
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No