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Instrumented Bit for In-Situ Spectroscopy (IBISS)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CP44P
Agency Tracking Number: 170125
Amount: $119,665.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-08
Small Business Information
Building 3, Suite 1005 63 Flushing Avenue Unit 150
Brooklyn, NY 11205-1070
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Pablo Sobron
 Senior Researcher
 (314) 695-6993
Business Contact
 Kristian Mueller
Title: Business Official
Phone: (626) 421-7902
Research Institution
 SETI Institute
 Stella Underwood
189 Bernardo Ave., Suite #100
Mountain View, CA 94043-5203
United States

 (650) 960-4514
 Nonprofit College or University

We propose to build and critically test the Instrumented Bit for In-Situ Spectroscopy (IBISS), a novel system for in-situ, rapid analyses of planetary subsurface materials (Fig 2.1). IBISS will provide a rapid and unambiguous chemical/mineralogical characterization of subsurface materials by integrating an innovative, miniature LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) probe with a drill bit.

Specifically, we will:

1)Design and assemble an IBISS breadboard system (Mk 1) and validate the optical circuit: Through model simulation and experimental work, we will investigate the performance of the various optical elements. We will determine the figures of merit of the laser, optical fiber, and lenses. We will use COTS or modified COTS for all optical, mechanical, and electronic systems.

2) Design and assemble an IBISS miniaturized system (Mk 2), integrate it with the drill bit, and bench test it: We will perform component integration and system testing. We will determine scientific performance parameters of IBISS and compare them to those of bench-top LIBS instruments and drilling engineering performance metrics. We will use existing, certified/ independently characterized samples of lunar and martian regolith simulant.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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