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Improved Combustion Products Monitor for the ISS

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
114245
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Improved Combustion Products Monitor for the ISS
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CC08C
Award Amount: $700,000.00
 

Abstract:

The Compound Specific Analyzer?Combustion Products, used on the International Space Station as a warning monitor of smoldering or combustion events, is being phased out of service. Southwest Sciences Inc. proposes to develop a replacement laser-based analyzer using wavelength modulation spectroscopic absorption. This device would be capable of real-time measurements of the four most important gases of interest (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen fluoride) at concentration levels relevant to pre-combustion events and with a 1 second response time. This battery-operated device would be hand-held, use very little electrical power, and have a multi-year lifetime without the need for consumables, re-calibration, or maintenance, in contrast to the currently-used analyzer.The Phase I research focused on what we believe are the most critical risks to using our approach. All of these objectives were successfully accomplished, laying a strong foundation for continuation of the research in Phase II. In Phase II, a fully functional prototype analyzer, meeting all of the requirements for operation in the International Space Station, will be built and tested. Issues relating to space-qualification will be identified so as to ease the transition to Phase III and subsequent development.

Principal Investigator:

Joel Silver
Principal Investigator
5059841322
jsilver@swsciences.com

Business Contact:

Alan Stanton
President
5059841322
astanton@swsciences.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993

EIN/Tax ID: 850340320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No