NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Crewed Spacecraft Environmental Monitoring and Control and Fire Protection Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE:Simple, Micro-Miniature Total Organic Carbon Analyzer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
6600 E. Lookout Drive
Parker, CO 80138-0770
(303) 840-4221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Clifford   Jolly
6600 E. Lookout Drive
Parker, CO  80138-0770
(303) 840-4221

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Development of a simple method for on-orbit or advanced mission Total Organic Carbon (TOC) monitoring has been a goal for many years. This proposal seeks to develop a method that is, above all else, simple, inexpensive, and maintenance-free. Previous programs to develop flight hardware, including CHeCS, PCWQM, and previous SBIR-funded efforts, failed to produce workable hardware and were relatively complex and expensive. Since the product water in a closed life support system will not likely vary in characteristics as much as terrestrial water and wastewater samples for which commercial TOC instrumentation is designed to analyze, adaptation of the complex commercial methods for spacecraft application should not be required. We therefore propose to fabricate a simple, low-volume, flow-through device that is based on a micro-reactor to convert organics to organic acids, followed by liquid-phase detection of the acids. Innovative detection methods that do not require frequent calibration are proposed. Phase I will consist of prototype fabrication followed by feasibility tests to quantitatively assess reactor performance and detector sensitivity and precision. Phase II will result in high-fidelity instrumentation that is suitable for flight qualifiication.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This device will have applications in ISS, Lunar bases, and Mars bases, and will be developed based on the assumption that the system(s) in which it is employed will be of Crit 1 or Crit 2 hardware fidelity.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This device will have immediate application in the >$100M commercial market for TOC instrumentation. The PI of this program has twenty years experience in TOC instrumentation, and has the capability to successfully implement the technology in industry.

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.

Biomedical and Life Support
Waste Processing and Reclamation

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