NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S1.05-9197
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Micro-Fabricated Atomic Magnetometer With Hybrid Vector-Scalar Operation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QuSpin, Inc.
10955 Westmoor Drive, Suite 400
Westminster, CO 80021 - 2717
(303) 325-7733

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vishal Shah
vshah@quspin.com
10955 Westmoor Dr., STE 400
Westminster, CO 80021 - 2717
(303) 325-7733

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vishal Shah
vshah@quspin.com
10955 Westmoor Dr., STE 400
Westminster, CO 80021 - 2717
(303) 325-7733

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Particles and Field Sensors and Instrument Enabling Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Measurement of magnetic fields provides valuable information about charged particles and plasma interactions in the solar system, and about planetary dynamics and compositions. Magnetometers are thus important instruments to have aboard spacecraft on exploration missions. We propose a magnetometer system that is compact, low-cost, light-weight and low-power. The system is based on a miniature rubidium magnetometer and gives scalar and full vector operation with accuracy and sensitivity beyond state-of-the-art.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Magnetometers are used in a wide array of space science applications. Apart from gravity, magnetic fields are one of the few things we can measure to provide information about the internal composition of planets and other celestial objects. Magnetometers have been carried on almost every space probe/satellite that was headed to another planet, moon or asteroid. Terrestrial and space based magnetometers are used to real time monitor and predict "space weather" which can disrupt terrestrial power stations, telecommunication satellites, global positioning system and other critical infrastructure. Precise measurements of the interplanetary magnetic fields (IMF) provide invaluable information about charged particle and plasma interactions in the solar system. Magnetic fields can provide a natural reference frame in space, and apart from space science missions magnetometers are used by spacecrafts for orientation control, momentum management and scientific instrumentation pointing.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A small, portable, and rugged magnetometer has a variety of non-NASA applications. Archeological survey: Archaeologists use remote sensing methods such as magnetic survey to explore sites with minimum disruption to the surroundings. Typically detailed mapping of the site is carried out before excavation. Detection of unexploded ordinances: Across the world there are large numbers of bombs, mines, grenades and other unexploded ordinances left behind from military conflicts and tests. The UXOs pose a real safety threat to civilians and are responsible for numerous casualties every year. Aerial survey of UXOs using atomic magnetometers mounted on an aircraft is one of the promising techniques for inexpensively locating underground buried ordinances. Oil and Mineral exploration: Magnetic reconnaissance maps are widely used to look for distinct signatures associated with oil and different minerals. Earthquake research: Researchers investigate different methods such as seismic, magnetic and others to create detailed understanding of the geology of a region. Recent indications of magnetic signatures that are precursors to earthquakes have greatly raised the interest in magnetic monitoring of geophysical locations. Environmental and Engineering Applications: Some of the typical applications include detection of abandoned well casings, boundaries of landfills, buried concrete slabs, drums, pipelines etc.

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.)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Attitude Determination & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Electromagnetic
GPS/Radiometric (see also Sensors)
Long
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)

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