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Miniaturized, Low Power Cryogenic Inlet System with Sampling Probes for Titan

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77734
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
054875
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Miniaturized, Low Power Cryogenic Inlet System with Sampling Probes for Titan
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07CA24C
Award Amount: $599,999.00
 

Abstract:

Thorleaf Research, Inc. has demonstrated feasibility in Phase 1 and now proposes a Phase 2 effort to develop a miniature, low power cryogenic inlet system with sampling probes for Titan. This addresses a key technology gap for planetary studies, mainly how to acquire and prepare complex cryogenic samples of astrobiology interest for in situ analysis while meeting challenging mass, volume and power constraints. The proposed sampling system is designed to collect surface samples at Titan's 94K (-179C) cryogenic temperatures using two different miniature probe designs, one for collecting atmospheric aerosols, dust or particles, and another for surface penetration. The samples, which are presumed to include hydrocarbons, nitriles, tholins and other materials, can then be thermally processed by vaporization, thermal desorption or pyrolysis to prepare them for chemical analysis by GC/MS, GC/IMS or other techniques. Our Phase 1 results have demonstrated feasibility for developing a miniaturized cryogenic sampling inlet system with sampling probes weighing on the order of 100g with a peak power consumption of 20 watts or less. Because vaporization, thermal desorption or pyrolysis heating would only be required for a few seconds during each chemical analysis duty cycle, we project average power usage at a fraction of a watt.

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