Airborne Isotopic Hydrocarbon Analyzer for Titan

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CD09P
Award Id:
88153
Agency Tracking Number:
074087
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
67 Condesa Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87508
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
134161533
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
Principal Investigator
(505) 466-3830
jpilgrim@vistaphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Pilgrim
President
(505) 466-3830
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 hydrocarbons and selected isotopomers at Titan-relevant concentrations. The enabling technology for meeting stringent NASA mission requirements is a new rugged, compact, and lightweight optical path length enhancement cell that recovers the established sensitivity of high-performance optical absorption detection techniques on a platform with no moving parts. The proposed spectrometer will be capable of detecting multiple species with little additional weight or power penalties.

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