Remotely Controlled Mixers for LMM Colloid Samples

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$699,841.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CC06C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
114378
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
O3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
IN, Greenville, IN, 47124-9515
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621970383
Principal Investigator:
Michael Kurk
Principal Investigator
(812) 923-9591
akurk@techshot.com
Business Contact:
Mark Deuser
Business Official
(812) 923-9591
mdeuser@techshot.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The U.S. portion of the International Space Station (ISS), which has been designated by Congress as a National Laboratory, holds great potential for a broad spectrum of researchers who are eager to take advantage of its unique scientific research facilities. The Light Microscopy Module (LMM), which was developed and is being managed by the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), is one such facility currently operating and producing fascinating results on ISS. LMM will yield even more astonishing results with the addition of enhancing subsystems. Techshot is currently developing one such subsystem, the LMM-Dynamic Stage (LMM-DS), which will satisfy a host of new experiments proposed for LMM. However, GRC has many more researchers awaiting the ultimate enhancing subsystems for conducting colloid science experiments in the LMM that could lead to new advanced materials with significant commercial potential. Capitalizing on Techshot's rapid progress with the LMM-DS, the company's vast array of mixing and separations technologies, and its extensive experience with microfluidic systems, a series of Colloid SPEcialty Cell Systems (C-SPECS) will be developed by Techshot for use in the LMM-DS. These innovative low-volume mixing devices will enable uniform particle density and remotely controlled repetition of LMM colloids experiments. In addition C-SPECS will minimize crew time, as well as avert the need for multiple, costly colloid samples that are expended after only one examination. C-SPECS are vital analytical microgravity research technologies that will greatly enhance the capability of the LMM, thereby enabling ISS to become even more effective as a national laboratory.

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