SensorLine: A Distributed Sensor System for Planetary Exploration

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,959.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS1-03044
Agency Tracking Number:
022776
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Tethers Unlimited
19011 36th Ave W. Suite F, Lynnwood, WA, 98036
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Slostad
Principal Investigator
(425) 744-0400
slostad@tethers.com
Business Contact:
Robert P. Hoyt
President, CEO, & Chief Scient
(425) 744-0400
hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The SensorLine is a small, simple, low-cost system for deploying arrays of tethered microsensors for planetary, asteroid, and subsurface exploration. The SensorLine system integrates the microsensors into a thin, lightweight tether that provides both power and communication. In planetary exploration applications, the SensorLine?s novel deployment method permits these sensors to be distributed over long distances on a planetary surface, enabling planetary landers to obtain in situ thermal, chemical, seismic, and other measurements over a much wider area at a significantly lower cost, complexity, and technical risk than robotic rovers. In exploration of the lunar poles, the SensorLine could enable a probe placed on a sunlit hill to obtain in situ measurements of soil composition in a permanently shaded crater. In subsurface exploration applications such as the proposed Cryoscout experiment, the SensorLine system can provide power, communications, and distributed sensing capabilities for burrowing probes.

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