Optical Ethylene Sensor for Plant Health

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK06OM16C
Agency Tracking Number: 053153
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: X12.05
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Vista Photonics, Inc.
67 Condesa Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87508-8136
Duns: 134161533
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Pilgrim
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 466-3953
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Pilgrim
Title: Business Official
Phone: (505) 466-3953
Email: jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Research Institution
Future long-duration manned space flights will rely upon onboard production facilities to grow and produce food throughout the mission. Because the lives of the mission participants will depend upon successful agricultural and horticultural practices, it is imperative to provide them with sophisticated diagnostic tools with which to assure success. Continuous real-time monitoring of gaseous species in the ambient environment is required. There are several gases vital to this application including ethylene, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Vista Photonics proposes to develop a rugged, real-time, 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) gaseous ethylene analyzer, ultimately compatible with space flight. The sensor technology developed on this project will be further capable of high-performance detection of additional trace gases including moisture and plant respiratory oxygen and carbon dioxide.

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