Nanoengineered Hybrid Gas Sensors for Spacesuit Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CJ01C
Agency Tracking Number: 150113
Amount: $749,751.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9610 Medical Center Dr. #200, Rockville, MD, 20850-6356
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ratan Debnath
 Director (R&D)
 (301) 257-6756
Business Contact
 Abhishek Motayed
Title: Business Official
Phone: (301) 257-6756
Research Institution
 George Mason University
 Donna Senator
 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030-4422
 (703) 993-2296
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Extravehicular Mobility Units (EVU) are the necessary to perform elaborate, dynamic tasks in the biologically harsh conditions of space and they have stringent requirements on physical and chemical nature of the equipment/components/processes, to ensure safety and health of the individual require proper functioning of its life-support systems. Monitoring the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) of the EVU in real time ensures the safety of the astronaut and success of the mission. In Phase I, N5 Sensors has demonstrated and manufactured an ultra-small form factor, highly reliable, rugged, low-power sensor architecture for carbon dioxide (CO2) and ammonia (NH3) that is ideally suited for monitoring trace chemicals in spacesuite environment in presence of humidity and oxygen. N5 will perform additional design refinements in Phase II and implement on-chip components for enhanced analytical and operational reliability. Additionally, a complete detector system will be designed, integrated with various electronic components and tested to determine system level performance and reliability. Subsequent design refinements will be done.

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