A Miniature Extreme Environment Powder Delivery System (M-PoDS)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNA06CA65C
Agency Tracking Number: 055067
Amount: $69,486.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: S2.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Apparati, Inc.
19270 Quinn Ct., Morgan Hill, CA, 95037-9320
DUNS: 123736576
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Bryson
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 623-1556
Business Contact
 Charles Bryson
Title: CEO
Phone: (408) 623-1556
Email: cbryson@att.net
Research Institution
This innovation is a low mass, low volume, gas based system that will acquire size selective powdered samples from the extreme ambient (such as Mars or Venus surface). Then it will transfer and deliver samples to the analytical instrument(s) that are situated in a controlled environment such as a robotic or lander platform where measurements can be made. This research will further develop a miniature sample acquisition, transfer and delivery system that will enhance NASA's capability of studying the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the planets. This system has a compact-robust construction and consumes very low power with no moving parts, which make this system very reliable for extreme environmental applications. It is a pneumatically operated system and has great potential for using in-situ resource (e.g. concentrated CO2 on Mars) for the operations. Size selective precision sampling, low cross-contaminations, possibility of high temperature sterilization are many of the unique features of this system. Proper development of this innovation (in the course of Phase I, II and III) will be key for the astrobiological, resource allocations and geophysical investigations that are addressed in NASA's defined Mars and Venus science missions.

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