NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 X3.03-7997
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Monitoring and Control for Spacecraft Environmental Quality and Fire Protection
PROPOSAL TITLE: Plasma Induced Micro Flame Ionization Detector for Environmental Monitoring

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ElectroDynamic Applications, Inc.
P.O. Box 131460
Ann Arbor, MI 48113 - 1460
(734) 786-1434

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Thomas M Liu
liu@edapplications.com
3600 Green Court, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - 1570
(734) 786-1434

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Abstract

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
EDA has experience transferring technology from the University of Michigan through its technology transfer office. We currently have a license agreement in place for the NanoFET technology, a thruster design with applications for terrestrial materials processing, and are working on others. In addition to providing agreements for use of co-generated IP, the UM's tech transfer office provides assistance in bringing these technologies to market, as the resulting royalty stream benefits the university as well. The Silane program is also working towards market realization via investments and business agreements from potential customers Thus, as the PIMFID sensor comes to maturity, we will have assistance in marketing, sales, and other areas to help us expand to match the needs required for a full production program. EDA's business model is to remain a technology incubator while technologies such as this are spun off to associated corporations to focus on production. In the long run EDA will step back to providing research and design assistance, as the spin-off company focuses on production, marketing, sales, etc., thus optimizing commercialization efficiency for each product while retaining the core research and development capability.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The development of a very compact, portable, low cost, and accurate chemical analysis device has many benefits outside of spacecraft and spacesuit life support systems. A realized PIMFID can be used for general environmental monitoring (i.e., early warning system for chemical leaks) and sensors for controlling industrial chemical processes. Since the PIMFID concept lends itself to a portable system, it can serve as an accurate, point-of-use chemical analysis device to aid emergency first responders and environmental agencies that are tasked to deal with local environmental pollution and potential terrorist acts.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Biological (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Space Transportation & Safety
Tools/EVA Tools


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