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Contamination Control System Via Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0187
Agency Tracking Number: 189872
Amount: $749,991.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S4
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-09
Small Business Information
25557 Bella Vista Circle,P.O. Box 770252, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477-0252
DUNS: 080820750
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Carr
 (978) 692-4664
Business Contact
 Mike Kimble
Phone: (970) 846-0547
Research Institution
NASA mission planners continue to develop plans for investigating celestial bodies including Europa, Enceladus, and Mars for potential life detection. Contamination Control and Planetary Protection requirements focus on both forward and backward contamination from such bodies where a number of acceptable processes have been developed for sterilizing spacecraft hardware and sample return materials. In particular, for backward contamination control, NASA has shown that vaporized hydrogen peroxide is an effective method for sterilizing samples and surfaces. However, for long duration exploration missions, stored hydrogen peroxide solutions lose their efficacy. To ensure an effective vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization process for return trips, Skyhaven Systems, LLC proposed to develop a miniaturized vapor hydrogen peroxide generator that produces this sterilant in situ using only water and DC electrical energy. With this approach, surfaces and sample return materials can be effectively sterilized during sample collection using a NASA approved sterilant.

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