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Micro-Sampling Probe and Programmable Thermal Desorption/Pyrolysis Inlet System

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56911
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
000218
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thorleaf Research, Inc.
5552 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93111-1406
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Micro-Sampling Probe and Programmable Thermal Desorption/Pyrolysis Inlet System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS3-02089
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized, low power micro-sampling probe and programmable thermal desorption/pyrolysis inlet system to collect and prepare samples for in situ chemical analysis by GC/MS or other techniques. This addresses a key technology gap for in situ Solar System measurements, mainly how to acquire and pre-process complex ice, soil and rock samples for chemical analysis while remaining within challenging mass, volume and power constraints. Although miniaturized GC/MS and other low power instrumentation is currently under development by NASA for in situ measurements, the great potential of such instrumentation for the identification and characterization of biomarkers or early pre-biotic chemistry in the Solar System will not be realized without complementary developments in technology for the collection and pre-processing of relevant types of samples. The goal of our proposed SBIR Phase I effort is to demonstrate feasibility for a miniature, low power micro-sampling probe and programmable thermal desorption/pyrolysis inlet system for in situ chemical measurement applications of interest to NASA, and to develop a detailed design for fabricating prototype instrumentation in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Paul M. Holland
President
8056924978
thorleaf@silcom.com

Business Contact:

Paul M. Holland
President
8056924978
thorleaf@silcom.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thorleaf Research, Inc.
5552 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93111

EIN/Tax ID: 770480155
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No