NASA SBIR 01-1 Solicitation

FORM 9B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: B2.01-9926 (For NASA Use Only - Chron: 012073 )
PROPOSAL TITLE:
Integrated Plant/Animal Habitat (IPAH)

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The purpose of the Integrated Plant/Animal Habitat (IPAH) development is to provide an environmental ecosystem for plants and animals where atmospheric exchanges can be monitored and controlled among separate chambers. The Phase I effort will design, prototype, and test critical elements that will allow monitoring of the gaseous and liquid exchanges between sealed plant chambers and a sealed animal chamber on Space Shuttle or Space Station. By grappling with the biological and engineering problems of combining plants and animals, scientists and engineers will acquire a host of new insights and test novel ideas that will contribute ultimately to a more accurate understanding of plant-human interactions in closed environmental systems. From the point of view of animal-based science, the IPAH promises the capabilities that will enable a variety of otherwise unattainable, yet needed studies related to organism metabolism and other homeostatic processes. The technological advances derived from the IPAH?emphasizing simultaneous monitoring of gases, moving and measuring fluids, regulating light, and controlling temperature and humidity?bring an advance in spaceflight hardware that is particularly well-suited for many kinds of scientific studies that have been previously unavailable to researchers.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The Integrated Plant/Animal Habitat (IPAH) has specific potential for Phase III application to government application at the systems level, and has potential for subsystem and component spin-off into commercial markets. Specific government applications include the IPAH-plant and animal configuration, IPAH-animal only configuration, and the Animal Research Unit, which is a longer duration Space Station version of the IPAH as an evolution from the Plant Research Unit. The system could lead to an EXPRESS Rack-based transport unit for plants and animals. (The Plant Research Unit is planned as an evolution from the Biomass Production system [BPS].) Specific commercial spin-offs possible include: auto-water system for lab habitats, visible/IR LED lighting systems for animals, ground-based IPAH research systems, outreach and educational animal/plant habitats, small air filtration system for home/lab habitats, closed bioregenerative ecosystems for gene and chemical studies on the environment.

NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Jeffery T. Iverson
Orbital Technologies Corporation
1212 Fourier Drive
Madison , WI   53717 - 1961

NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)
Orbital Technologies Corporation
1212 Fourier Drive
Madison , WI   53717 - 1961


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