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Monitoring Systems for Inorganic and Organic Analytes in Spacecraft Water Streams

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0273
Agency Tracking Number: 212093
Amount: $124,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T6
Solicitation Number: STTR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-18
Small Business Information
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ambalavanan Jayaraman
 (303) 940-5391
Business Contact
 John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2347
Research Institution
 University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR 00681-1790
United States

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Water recovery from wastewater is considered required for long-duration human exploration missions away from Earth. Without substantial water recovery, life support systems launch weights are prohibitively large. nbsp;To insure the quality of this water, NASA is seeking miniature analytical systems i.e., sensor suites capable of simultaneous measurement of inorganic or organic species in potable and waste water.nbsp;In this proposed STTR project TDA Research, in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM), will develop a miniature device that can quickly analyze mineral and organic species in water. The device will provide near-real-time analysis with increased sensitivity and signal to noise ratio for metal cations and organic species such as the dimethanesilanediol, chloroform, dichloromethane, benzene etc. in water at low concentrations.nbsp;In Phase I we will carry out a proof-of-concept demonstration in a breadboard device and complete the design for a high fidelity device to minimize the monitorrsquo;s footprint and overall dimensions, elevating the TRL to 4. In Phase II we will build a high-fidelity prototype with reduced dimensions, and demonstrate the analysis of various mineral and organic constituents, elevating the TRL to 6.

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