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Chemical and Particulate Microsensor Instrument for UAV Airborne Measurements Near Wildfires

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22CA226
Agency Tracking Number: 22103
Amount: $2,689,872.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SEQ_22_P2S_C1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-09-15
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973-9064
United States
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Darby Makel
 (530) 895-2771
Business Contact
 Darby Makel
Phone: (530) 895-2771
Research Institution

Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) proposes to develop a compact Chemical Microsensor System as a payload for UAVs to support atmospheric chemical measurements in and around wildfires.nbsp; This work is an extension of the Phase II SBIR work performed under NNX15CC28C entitled ldquo;Chemical Microsensor Instrument for UAV Airborne Atmospheric Measurements.rdquo;.nbsp; The Airborne Microsensor System (AMS) developed in the Phase II program incorporated carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and methane sensors into a compact, robust system intended for small UAVs such as those being used by NASA for UAV and aerostat based volcanic measurements.nbsp; Under this program, the AMS sensor suite will be expanded to include carbon monoxide, VOCs, and particulate measurements.nbsp; MEI will work with American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), an established UAV operator and developer of the AiRanger UAS which is capable of Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operation.nbsp; Medium and low altitude, long range flights will be conducted with carrying both the lightweight AMS payload and also reference instruments and/or calibration gases for accuracy and performance validation in flight.nbsp; Two generations of the AMS units upgraded for wildfire chemical and particulate detection will be developed over the two year program with both ground and flight testing used to rapidly mature and validate the instrument.nbsp; The instrument will be applicable to a range of emerging low and medium altitude UAV platforms being developed for operation in airspace around wildfires.nbsp; Flight tests will simulate flightsnbsp;over realistic wildfire terrain in California and emergency exemptions will be coordinated by AATI with CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service for opportunities to overfly active fires and controlled burns.nbsp; The objective of this program will be to rapidly advance and implement a science instrument package into airborne vehicles to perform near-term studies of climate change and the characterization of wildfires.

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