Miniature Carbon Dioxide Sensor for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,965.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA65P
Agency Tracking Number:
066723
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
S6.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6954
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118024608
Principal Investigator:
John Bognar
Principal Investigator
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact:
John Bognar
Business Official
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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