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Miniaturized Reagent Regenerative Ion Analyzer for Elemental Analysis

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23CA114
Agency Tracking Number: 221352
Amount: $849,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S15
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-07-24
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845-6023
United States
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jinseong Kim
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 Shawn Rhodes
Phone: (979) 764-2211
Research Institution

NASA has been developing Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS), supplying food and oxygen and removing carbon dioxide, as complement of physical and chemical life support systems for the future space exploration, Martian missions, and the construction of lunar bases. As plant-growing systems mature and expand for future exploration missions, the need to generate, analyze, and manage nutrient solutions will increase. Thus, an in-situ capability is needed to analyze, on a near-real-time basis, plant nutrient solutions or feed water in space missions to better understand and manage plant nutrient delivery. The technology would need to be robust and miniaturized, operate with low power, and have minimal consumables, in addition to meeting safety criteria.
In a Phase I feasibility study, Lynntech successfully demonstrated a Reagent-regenerative, Microgravity-compatible, Miniaturized Ion Analyzer (RMMIA) as a potential onboard analyzer for the elemental composition of plant growth solutions. The Phase I study demonstrated the RMMIArsquo;s feasibility by carrying out a laboratory evaluation of key components and device sub-assemblies, with performance testing using representative plant nutrient solutions.nbsp;
During the Phase II, an optimized RMMIA unit will be designed, fabricated, tested, and delivered to NASA. Testing will include nutrient solutions such as Hoagland solution. Deliverable items will demonstrate on-demand and in-line automated operation capabilities.

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