NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 S1.08-8096
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In Situ Airborne, Surface, and Submersible Instruments for Earth Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Fieldable, Real-Time NO2 Sensor

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Novawave Technologies
900 Island Drive, Suite 101
Redwood City, CA 94065 - 5176
(650) 610-0956

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joshua Paul
900 Island Drive, Suite 101
Redwood City, CA 94065 - 5176
(650) 610-0956

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal seeks to develop a compact, autonomous NO2 sensor for air monitoring applications based on laser induced fluorescence (LIF). A key component in the proposed system is new laser technology developed at NovaWave. The Phase I research will directly demonstrate the utility of this new light source by performing LIF measurements on NO2 samples in a laboratory setting. The Phase II system will fully integrate the laser with an autonomous spectrometer and air sampling system to comprise a complete sensor package. Phase III will result in the development of fieldable commercial systems that will be manufactured and distributed to the regional end users.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential NASA applications for the proposed technology include the study of the Earth's atmosphere, and the atmospheres of other celestial bodies.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential commercial applications based on the sensor technology described in this proposal are quite large. NO2 monitoring by a network of urban air quality monitoring stations is a critical component to understanding the chemistry of air pollution and ozone depletion, and has recently been mandated by the EPA. This need creates a significant market opportunity.

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