Multifunctional Glow Discharge Analyzer for Spacecraft Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,837.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10RA55P
Agency Tracking Number:
094229
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street, Chico, CA, 95973-9064
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
933302655
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward
Principal Investigator
(216) 587-4750
bward@makelengineering.com
Business Contact:
Benjamin Ward
Senior Engineer
(216) 587-4750
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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