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High Pressure Atmospheric Sampling Inlet System for Venus or the Gas Giants

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72017
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
033679
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: 2004
Title: High Pressure Atmospheric Sampling Inlet System for Venus or the Gas Giants
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG04CA84C
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized high pressure atmospheric sampling inlet system for sample acquisition in extreme planetary environments, such as those encountered in the lower troposphere of Venus or the atmospheres of the gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. This addresses a key technology gap for planetary studies, mainly how to acquire and prepare samples for in situ analysis while meeting challenging mass, volume and power constraints. Although miniaturized mass spectrometers and other low power instruments are under development by NASA for in situ measurements, the great potential of such instrumentation for exploration of the Solar System will not be realized without complementary developments in the technology for collecting and preparing samples for analysis. Our proposed approach collects an atmospheric gas micro-sample at high pressure and transfers it into a protected low pressure environment within a small pressure housing for analysis by GC/MS, mass spectrometry or other techniques that inherently require low pressures for operation. This new technology will enable in situ measurement of the composition and key isotope ratios in high pressure planetary atmospheres down to trace levels.

Principal Investigator:

Paul M. Holland
Principal Investigator
8056924978
pholland@thorleaf.com

Business Contact:

Paul M. Holland
Business Official
8056924978
pholland@thorleaf.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