Rugged Optical Atmospheric Humidity Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNA06CA64C
Agency Tracking Number:
053269
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Vista Photonics, Inc.
67 Condesa Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87508-8136
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
134161533
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
Principal Investigator
(505) 466-3953
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
Business Official
(505) 466-3953
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Trace species measurement on unmanned atmospheric research craft suitable for interplanetary travel is a demanding application for optical sensing techniques. Yet optical techniques offer many advantages including high-precision, fast response, and strong species selectivity. Balloonsonde, kite, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or glider deployment demands that optical sensors meet stringent size, weight and power requirements. Vista Photonics proposes to develop rugged, compact, battery-powered optical sensor technology capable of selectively determining humidity to 10 parts-per-billion (-100 oC frost point). The enabling technology for meeting stringent NASA mission requirements is a new rugged, compact, and lightweight optical path length enhancement cell that recovers the theoretical sensitivity of established high-performance optical absorption detection techniques. The proposed spectrometer will be capable of detecting multiple species while incurring little additional weight or power penalties.

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