NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S1.01-8252
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Detection and Reduction of Biological Contamination on Flight Hardware
PROPOSAL TITLE:Constant-Energy Synchronous Probe for Surface Monitoring

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street
Norwood ,MA 02062 - 2612
(781) 769 - 9450

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Job   Bello
bello@eiclabs.com
EIC Laboratories, Inc., 111 Downey Street
Norwood, MA  02062 -2612
(781) 769 - 9450

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
During the next decade, NASA intends to send robotic exploration missions to Mars and other planets. Missions are planned to obtain samples from Mars and return them to earth for studies and to other planets to gather evidence for the existence of life. An important goal of NASA in these missions is to ensure that technologies are in place to safeguard against terrestrial microbial contaminations of the planets from robotic space vehicles and also to prevent nonterrestrial microbial or other foreign compound contaminations of the Earth from collected samples and returned space vehicles. Thus, each mission will require that space vehicles (landers and orbiters) be sterilized and sanitized for microbial and organic contaminations before launching to space and when returned to Earth. Sensitive detection techniques are thus needed to validate the effectiveness of the sterilization process. We propose to develop a handheld surface-monitoring instrument based on constant-energy synchronous fluorescence (CESF) spectroscopy. Like conventional fluorescence, CESF has excellent sensitivity but with the added feature of narrower spectral bandwidth resulting in improved selectivity. The instrument that will be developed in this program will have the unique capabilities of in situ quantification and identification of microbial and organic contaminations of surfaces.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
The CESF surface detection instrument will be useful to NASA in the identification of contaminated parts in spacecrafts and robotics. The instrument will also find applications in the validation of cleaning protocols of space vehicles and robotics.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
One commercial target of the CESF surface detection instrument will be in the cleanliness validation of manufacturing equipments in the food industry, chemical industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, where safeguards must be in placed to prevent contaminants (microbial or foreign chemicals in nature) from entering the finished products. Another application of the instrument will be in environmental monitoring, such as in situ detection and identification of oil spills or other hazardous chemicals.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Sterilization/Pathogen and Microbial Control


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