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Plasma Catalytic Extraction of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
104164
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1.02
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457-0102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Plasma Catalytic Extraction of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CF99P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Plasma catalytic techniques are proposed for the extraction of oxygen from the abundant carbon dioxide contained in the Martian atmosphere (95% CO2).. The Phase I project will clearly demonstrate the feasibility of achieving these goals by focussing on key aspects of the technology, such as efficient microwave plasma catalytic conversion at relevant pressures and processing rates. The Phase II program will advance the technology through a more in depth development effort to the point where a fully functional prototype will be assembled and tested. Successful culmination of this effort will result in a self contained, energy efficient technique that can be utilized in robotic precursor missions to Mars to stockpile oxygen in support of future manned missions to the planet.

Principal Investigator:

Richard R. Wheeler, Jr., P.E.
Principal Investigator
5418632661
rwheeler@urcmail.net

Business Contact:

John S. Aker
Business Official
5418632655
aker@urcmail.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457-0102

EIN/Tax ID: 930789314
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes