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Miniaturized Airborne Instrument for N2O

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CS54P
Agency Tracking Number: 156062
Amount: $124,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-09
Small Business Information
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Billerica, MA 01821-3976
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John McManus
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 John McManus
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution

Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is an important greenhouse gas, as well as a tracer for stratospheric air mass. We propose to design a miniaturized N2O detector based on direct absorption spectroscopy that is able to be deployed on SIERRA class and Global Hawk UAVs using many of the same functional elements as Aerodyne Research?s commercial mini-QCL trace gas instruments. Achieving this will allow for better source attribution of N2O as well as providing an important tool for understanding mixing processes between the troposphere and stratosphere. Specifically, our proposal calls for exploring two designs for a low-volume in-line multipass absorption cells; passive cooling of the laser and instrument electronics, a simplified low-power electronics design and computer, and low-power vacuum pump. The goal for Phase I will be the successful identification, design, and testing of components that can be integrated into a small UAV-compatible instrument packaged during Phase II.

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