Zero G Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CA49C
Agency Tracking Number: 125499
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: E1.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Richter
 Mgr, Human Support Systems
 (608) 229-2726
 richterr@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Business Official
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: proposal@orbitec.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The Zero G Mass Measurement Device (ZGMMD) will provide the ability to quantify the mass of objects up to 2,000 grams, including live animal specimens in a zero G environment, an innovative because there currently are no such devices available to perform mass measurement of smaller masses (<2000 grams) in space. At present there are no tools on board the International Space Station (ISS) to measure low mass objects, which is a capability that is extremely important for biological research. The ZGMMD would provide the capability to quantify the mass of an object, while limiting the acceleration applied to the object. The ZGMMD would be capable of being used in the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG) or could someday be integrated with payloads such as the Plant Habitat (PH). The ZGMMD innovation provides a fundamental capability (measuring mass of an object) that would increase the capabilities of NASA's fundamental space biology program. A significant amount of fundamental biology has occurred on the ground that has utilized mass measurements; therefore to compare zero G results with previously conducted ground experiments, mass measurement capabilities should be provided. Successful completion of Phase I and II efforts would provide these previously mentioned capabilities.

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