NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 S1.11-8154
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lunar Science Instruments and Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Remote UV Fluorescence Lifetime Spectrometer

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Redondo Optics, Inc.
811 N. Catalina Avenue, Suite 1100
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 - 2187
(310) 406-1295

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Edgar Mendoza
emendoza@redondooptics.com
811 N. Catalina Avenue, Suite 1100
Redondo Beach, CA 90277 - 2187
(310) 292-7673

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In-situ studies of the rocks, minerals, and soil on the Moon's surface provide a wealth of information during field geology and the
mining phase for planetary resource identification. Sensitive optical spectroscopic instruments such as X-ray fluorescence
spectrometers coupled with UV fluorescence spectroscopy is vital for lunar science. Many moon rock samples contain mineral oxides
in the forms of Al2O3, TiO2, FeO, MnO, MgO, Cr2O3, Na2O and CaO. Further tests have shown that some of them exhibit
fluorescence when exposed to UV light.
Traditional UV fluorescence spectroscopy used in analysis of organic and inorganic materials utilizes power hungry, bulky lasers.
Recently introduced UV-LED and semiconductor UV lasers with powers > 10 mW are small, reliable, and power efficient making them
ideal for use in space exploration. Redondo Optics Inc, a world leader in design and development of fluorescent scientific
instruments, proposes to develop a highly innovative and sensitive, light-weight, hand-held space qualified frequency domain
fluorescence lifetime measurement system for NASA using heterodyne cross correlation technique. The instrument also includes an
ultra miniature 340-780 nm spectrophotometer. The combined spectrometer utilizes lowest power COTS electronics components for
fast and accurate estimation of fluorescence lifetimes to identify the rocks spectral signature.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Redondo Optics Inc. (ROI), proposes to develop, demonstrate, and deliver to NASA an innovative , portable, power efficient UV
Fluorescence Spectrometer for in situ mineral identification by combing Spectral signatures and time resolved lifetimes of fluorescent
agents in Lunar rocks. This is the process of Fluorescence spectroscopy. In order to meet NASA's stringent requirements, the unit
needs to be lightweight, power efficient, and space qualified UV Fluorescence Spectrometer for lunar surface studies of rocks and
minerals to uniquely identify fluorescent agents and metal oxides. Many of the minerals containing metal oxides exhibit fluorescence
in the visible spectrum once illuminated with an high power UV source (both short and long UV). The analysis and classification of
the various mineral species and rocks on the surface of the Moon is a key enabler during planetary field geology and subsequent
mining operations for resources identification during manned and robotics explorations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
ROI's portable, and power efficient, UV Fluorescence Spectrometer can be used as an in situ or short distance remote monitoring of
Fluorescent lifetimes measurements, and extraction of spectral signatures of many organic and non-organic materials including
minerals. as well as many organic ( biological ) agents that fluoresce when exposed to UV light sources in the Short to Long UV
wavelength ranges. This measurement system can be easily adapted to a fluorescence life time imaging system by adding a CCD for
rapid two dimensional lifetime measurement and monitoring system including applications specific software for various imaging as
well as non imaging applications The technology developed can be adapted to biological (Proteins, skin tissue), chemical, and petro-
chemical identification systems. Many biological agents including airborne bio-aerosals have spectral signature when excited with UV
light. Petroleum based products and Hydrocarbons including Methane and SO2 etc can also be identified using this instrument.
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.

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
Biochemical
Biomolecular Sensors
Instrumentation
Optical
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors


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