Multifunctional Glow Discharge Analyzer for Spacecraft Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10RA55P
Agency Tracking Number: 094229
Amount: $99,837.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1585 Marauder Street, Chico, CA, 95973-9064
DUNS: 933302655
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Ward
 Principal Investigator
 (216) 587-4750
 bward@makelengineering.com
Business Contact
 Benjamin Ward
Title: Senior Engineer
Phone: (216) 587-4750
Email: bward@makelengineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge emission for the detection/classification of gas and aerosol species in post-fire cleanup scenarios. This device would complement technology that is already under development for intelligent fire detection and would provide a robust system to simultaneously monitor the reduction of carbon monoxide and other toxic species by fire cleanup filtration systems. MEI and Dr. Randy Vander Wal of PSU are actively developing a glow-discharge based detection system for DoD (NAVAIR) that will be extremely compact (<1 lb.) and provide highly sensitive detection of explosives and the potential to detect a broad range of chemical and biological agents. This system is a microhollow glow discharge-based electronic sniffer (MHGD Sniffer) and provides the basis for the proposed NASA effort.

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