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AirCore Reusable InSitu Sampler for CO2 and Trace Gas Measurements

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CD22P
Agency Tracking Number: 115036
Amount: $124,549.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-02-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-08-13
Small Business Information
Lawrence, KS 66046-0426
United States
DUNS: 108339966
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tom Sherwood
 Principal Investigator
 (785) 979-1113
Business Contact
 Suman Saripalli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (785) 979-1116
Research Institution

The AirCore is a simple and novel atmospheric air column sampler to validate satellite observation data of greenhouse gases, using a lightweight, inexpensive coated stainless steel coil. The simple design of the leads to cost savings during manufacture and operation. The addition of a UAV to the AirCore system provides much needed functionality and flexibility to the end user of the product: it returns the AirCore to a user-defined location, so that the coil can be retrieved and analyzed rapidly. The low cost of the sensor combined with the low cost of its deployment will yield cost savings of up to 2/3 over current aircraft-based atmospheric sampling methods. In Phase I, critial Aircore sampler development will be undertaken. Next, the Aircore will be integrated onto a UAV and flight tested. In Phase II, further refinement of the Aircore and UAV design, and the operational procedure will be undertaken.

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