NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER:06 X13.01-8735
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space Radiation Health Research Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE:Optical Real-Time Space Radiation Monitor

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Luna Innovations Incorporated
2851 Commerce Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060-6657
(540) 552-5128

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Bryan   Dickerson
2581 Commerce Street
Blacksburg, VA  24060-6657
(540) 552-5128

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Real-time dosimetry is needed to provide immediate feedback, so astronauts can minimize their exposure to ionizing radiation during periods of high solar activity. Optical radiation monitors provide continuous detection of e- and n. Radiation induced changes in the optical properties of each sensor's active material are interpreted via software to estimate the dose from each type of particle. Compared to traditional scintillation detectors, Luna's radiation monitors are more compact and better able to identify particle types. Luna's unique sensor design and detection capabilities enable estimation of the energy and direction of the most energetic particles. Advanced optical radiation monitors are also less prone to the radiation induced degradation that plagues diode dosimeters.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
?Health & safety radiation detection in space craft and surface outposts.
?Satellite monitoring of solar activity.
?Tracking performance of nuclear propulsion engines.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
?Automatic surveillance at International Atomic Energy sites.
?Checking cargo terminals for smuggled nuclear material. (DHS)
?Monitoring nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and at power plants. (DOE)
?Early warning for soldiers evaluating potential dirty bombs. (DOD

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.

Multifunctional/Smart Materials
Optical & Photonic Materials
Particle and Fields

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