Sealed Planetary Return Canister (SPRC)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,160.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE15P
Agency Tracking Number:
095374
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Techno Planet Incorporated
17340 Rayen Street, Northridge, CA, 91325-2936
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
831006502
Principal Investigator:
Scott Stanley
Principal Investigator
(818) 709-7815
spstanley@technoplanetinc.com
Business Contact:
Scott Stanley
Business Official
(818) 709-7815
spstanley@technoplanetinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Sample return missions have primary importance in future planetary missions. A basic requirement is that samples be returned in pristine, uncontaminated condition, necessitating development of a canister system capable of maintaining cleanliness and seal integrity through a variety of environments. Such a canister system, the Sealed Planetary Return Canister (SPRC), is proposed. Besides providing a high integrity seal, the canister also incorporates features that for robotic manipulation and to allow the sample to be accessed in a controlled manner upon return to Earth. The SPRC seal system addresses the two most significant concerns for planetary samples – seal surfaces contaminated by the sample and high pressure due to the phase change of volatiles. The SPRC incorporates a novel sealing system evolved from the only marginally successful Apollo seal approach but with added features to address the difficulties and inconsistencies observed. The indium is contained within a protective barrier to prevent oxidation, and the knife edge is mechanically cleaned during the sealing process. The container body will be configured to accommodate a variety of samples including rock cores, rock fragments, regolith, dust, and frozen soil. Atmospheric samples can also be preserved. The design is readily scalable and adaptable to specific missions.

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