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High-Sensitivity, Miniaturized CO Sensor for Airborne Use on Small UAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0063
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-103
Amount: $400,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.5R
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2016-2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-21
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder Streetnc., Chico, CA, 95973
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darby B.  Makel
 (530) 895-2771
 dmakel@makelengineering.com
Business Contact
 Darby B.  Makel
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Email: dmakel@makelengineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The team of Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI), TruWeather Solutions, LLC., and Latitude Engineering, LLC. propose to develop a novel, high sensitivity, fast response, solid state, electrochemical carbon monoxide sensor system for use in small UAVs which is capable of PPB level atmospheric measurements. The sensor is based on a thick film multi-element potentiometric micro sensor approach which has been developed by MEI. Phase I demonstrated a rugged prototype sensor system with a response time under one second and capable of measuring PPB levels of carbon monoxide. In Phase II, the sensor system will be matured into a flight capable CO sensor payload for small UAVs which will include flight packaging, air sampling systems, and control electronics. In Phase II multiple complete units will be fabricated and flight tested.

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