High-Performance Airborne Optical Carbon Dioxide Analyzer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CB91P
Agency Tracking Number:
074088
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
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) 466-3830
 jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Pilgrim
Title: Business Official
Phone: (505) 466-3830
Email: jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Environmental species measurement on airborne atmospheric research craft is a demanding application for optical sensing techniques. Yet optical techniques offer many advantages including high-precision, fast response, and high species selectivity. Balloonsonde, kite, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or glider deployment demands that sensors meet stringent size, weight and power requirements. Few measurements are as important, and none have entered into the public consciousness, like the need to quantify global carbon dioxide loading. Vista Photonics proposes to develop rugged, compact, power efficient optical sensor technology capable of selectively measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide with precision that rivals ground based instruments. The enabling technology for meeting stringent NASA mission requirements is a newly emergent infrared laser source that delivers the high-sensitivity of established optical absorption detection techniques with extreme compactness and low power draw.

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