NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S5.03-8966
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Technologies for Particles and Fields Measurements
PROPOSAL TITLE:Low Power Mass Spectrometer employing TOF

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Space Instruments
19 Hammond, Suite 508
Irvine ,CA 92618 - 1636
(949) 472 - 4785

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dean   Aalami
dean@spaceinstruments.com
19 Hammond, Suite 508
Irvine, CA  92618 -1636
(949) 472 - 4785

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
A low power Mass Spectrometer employing multiple time of flight circuits for parallel processing is possible with a new innovation in design of the Time of flight circuit. The novel scheme uses gate delays to measure time of flight and calibrates the gate delays using a precise clock. Sensor weight is about 1Kg and power consumption is 1.5W.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
NASA's GSFC has an effort underway to miniaturize instruments for space plasma physics investigations with constellations of nano-satellites. The deliverable Mass Spectrometer will be suitable for flight or as an engineering unit to be flown on a nano-satellite. The low power multi-channel sub-nanosecond TOF subsystem is an essential part of a 3-dimensional mapping instrument to be used on a rover type explorer on a planet surface. The amplifier array electronics chip can be used in conjunction with any multi channel plate analyzer detector. High voltage power supplies are also an essential element of the Multi channel Plate analyzer bias voltage.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Laser range finders use a time-of-flight and a low power TOF can be an essential part of a laser range finder. Range finders can have both military and commercial applications aboard aircraft, or automobiles of the future.

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
Particle and Fields


Form Printed on 09-19-05 13:12