Spacecraft Cabin Particulate Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CA91C
Agency Tracking Number:
074344
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821-3976
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Freedman
Principal Investigator
(978) 663-9500
af@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Freedman
Business Official
(978) 663-9500
af@aerodyne.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We have built and tested an optical extinction monitor for the detection of spacecraft cabin particulates. This sensor sensitive to particle sizes ranging from a few nanometer to tens of micrometers in diameter. Designed to utilize commercial off- the-shelf components, the monitor, once calibrated, requires minimal recalibration and only periodic baseline determinations, a process which can be automated as part of the operation of the instrument. It employs no consumables. This monitor employs cavity attenuation phase shift technology and involves the use a light emitting diode coupled to a low-loss optical cavity. The Phase I project involved a proof-of-principle demonstration that demonstrated a sensitivity of less than 0.1 micrograms per cubic meter. During the Phase II project, a prototype sensor will be delivered to NASA for the purpose of laboratory and field measurements. A major goal will be to miniaturize the monitor.

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