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Development of an Atmospheric Monitor Hardened for Naval Submarine Deployment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-23-C-0223
Agency Tracking Number: N181-049-1149a
Amount: $1,540,647.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-049
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-01-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-05
Small Business Information
1074 Wentworth St. Unit B
Mountain View, CA 94043-1111
United States
DUNS: 080579141
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Manish Gupta
 (650) 906-0274
Business Contact
 Manish Gupta
Phone: (650) 906-0274
Research Institution

In this Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, Nikira Labs Inc. proposes to work with Cepeda Associates Inc. to harden an atmospheric monitoring system for Naval submarines.  The system will measure both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as life gases and other key species.  The instrument will allow for next-generation atmospheric monitoring aboard Navy submarines.   In an accompanying SBIR (Contract #N68335-20-C-0072), Nikira Labs is working to develop an unhardened version of this analyzer.  This analyzer uses a combination of mid-infrared and near-infrared cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry to measure VOCs and life gases respectively.  Previous results of this unit have already shown the ability to measure almost all of the Navy target compounds at levels that meet or exceed the Navy’s needs. This proposed work will focus on hardening the analyzer to meet Navy’s submarine deployment requirements.  Hardening and testing will be performed in conjunction with Cepeda Associates Inc. and include shock/vibe, EMI, power instability, and other critical tests.

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