Meteor Detection and UV Spectral Analysis System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS5-02043
Agency Tracking Number:
00038
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 John Lowrance
 (732) 274-0774
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: President
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Email: lowrance@prinsci.com
Research Institution
 Villanova University
 Edward McAssey
 123 street
Philadelphia, PA, 19085
 (610) 519-4995
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The elemental composition of meteors is one of the keys to understanding their origin and in turn the evolution of the solar system. Spectroscopic measurement of the emission spectra of meteors as they are heated by entry into the Earth's atmosphere can yield this information. An objective-grating spectrograph instrument payload designed to capture the ultraviolet emission spectra of metoers is proposed. This Shuttle and or Space Station payload will detect and record randomly occurring transient upper atmosphere phenomena such as meteors and upper atmospheric lightning. In this Phase II effort Princeton Scientific Instruments will complete the design and fabrication of the high frame rate CCD camera portion of the payload. Villanova University will complete their thermal analysis and design to include the proposed International Space Station payload SUMS (Slitless UV Meteor Spectrometer). It should be noted that high speed, real time, image analysis is of broad interest with applications such as missile guidance and cell morphology in biological image data reduction and image analysis.

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