Miniature Carbon Dioxide Sensor for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA65P
Agency Tracking Number: 066723
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: S6.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6954
DUNS: 118024608
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bognar
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 994-9354
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 994-9354
Research Institution
There is a growing need to develop improved technologies for precise airborne measurements of carbon dioxide, CO2. CO2 measurements are of great importance to many areas of research, including climate change, global carbon budgets, and geological research in relation to volcanic activity. At the same time, we are entering a period of time in which Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are becoming more widely used for atmospheric research. UAS platforms have already proven themselves as a uniquely capable means for making measurements in remote areas and over oceans. However, existing CO2 measurement technologies are difficult to adapt to or use in the UAS world. This proposal describes a simple and inexpensive sensor for the precise determination of atmospheric CO2 that will be small enough for flight on small UAS platforms and sounding balloons. Phase I will include the fabrication of a proof-of-concept sensor system, laboratory characterization of the sensor, and culminate in a demonstration of the sensor on a UAS. Phase II will emphasize improving the basic manufacturability of the design, as well as much more extensive laboratory and UAS testing.

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