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Fast Elemental and Molecular Interrogation Sensor (FEMIS) for In-Situ Lunar and Martian Resource Utilization

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23PB380
Agency Tracking Number: 231133
Amount: $149,868.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T14
Solicitation Number: STTR_23_P1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-09-02
Small Business Information
19 Loveton Circle, P.O. Box 616
Sparks, MD 21152-9201
United States
DUNS: 808275890
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Clayton Yang
 (410) 472-2600
Business Contact
 Diane Murray
Phone: (936) 588-6901
Research Institution
 University of Georgia
Administration Building
Athens, GA 00000-0000
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

For lunar (expandable to Martian) ISRU applications, a novel small SWaP LIBS suite, Fast Elemental and Molecular Interrogation Sensor (FEMIS), is designed to provide real-time identification of geochemical composition of lunar regolith using an innovative elemental + molecular LIBS technology. Having rapid and intense signal responses, obviating the need to physically touch the surface in order to collect a sample for analysis, and affected very little by the surface shape, roughness, and composition irregularity, this proposed FEMIS instrument will be an integrated system with a small SWaP UV/Visible/NIR + LWIR LIBS laser detector suite to collect the broadband (both UV-Visible-NIR and long-wave IR) signals from the operational surface. nbsp;nbsp;FEMIS offers real-time identifications of elemental abundances, REEs, and regolith mineral/chemical composition within seconds without the need of preparing the abrasive lunar/Martian regolith samples. Spectral data processing algorithms and prediction models will be developed for FEMIS to achieve fully automated real-time sorting/mapping of lunar/Martian regolith resource with minimum maintenance.nbsp;

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