NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S5.02-9455
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Sample Collection, Processing, and Handling
PROPOSAL TITLE: Foam-in-Place Contaminant Containment System

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Adherent Technologies, Inc.
9621 Camino del Sol NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111 - 1522
(505) 346-1685

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Andrea E Hoyt Haight
adherenttech@comcast.net
9621 Camino del Sol NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111 - 1522
(505) 346-1685

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Over the next few decades, NASA plans to launch a number of planetary probes to and return the samples to Earth for detailed investigation. Due to the rapid expanse of space exploration, a need has been identified for the proper handling of extraterrestrial samples. Not only must the sample return system maintain the physical integrity of the sample in sometimes rigorous conditions (e.g., rover driving loads, diurnal temperature fluctuations, cruise, atmospheric entry and impact), it must address potential contamination issues. The samples themselves can become contaminated and they also present a serious contamination danger to the Earth. Therefore, the highest possible level of precaution must be exercised when handling the outer space samples until there are studies proving them harmless.
In this Phase I project, we are proposing a "foam-in-the-capsule" system for containing and encapsulating samples of extraterrestrial material to be returned to Earth for detailed study. The system will eliminate or dramatically reduce the risk of contamination on flight hardware and ease the handling of the sample on the spacecraft, in landing, and in the process of sample transfer to the appropriate facility for investigation. The "foam-in-the-capsule" system combines the effectiveness of encapsulation and flexibility to improve design according to new scientific data or changes in the capsule carrier's interior. The proposed system consists of a compliant outer restraint based upon the DoverPacREG system for containment of potent pharmaceutical powders and a foam-in-place encapsulation process. The decontamination foam will be effectively sealed within the inflatable polymer capsules. The dimensions of the capsules are variable to fit the dimensions of the sample to be encapsulated. Sterilization of the encapsulated sample container before opening through the incineration of the foam encapsulant is possible.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This system is being designed to minimize the exposure of flight hardware and personnel to contaminants present in extraterrestrial returned samples. An additional benefit is realized in minimizing contamination to the sample itself. Sterilization of the encapsulated sample container before opening through the incineration of the foam encapsulant is possible.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed encapsulation technology is designed to minimize exposure to contaminants present on an internal sample container during transfer to facilities designed to handle extremely dangerous and/or pathogenic materials. In addition to the extraterrestrial sample application, applications are expected in homeland security and biological warfare scenarios that necessitate the collection and transfer of potentially pathogenic contaminants to Biosafety Level 4 facilities for further evaluation..

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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