NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.07-7938
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Airborne Measurement Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Miniaturized Airborne Instrument for N2O

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821 - 3976
(978) 663-9500

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. John Barry McManus
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821 - 3976
(978) 663-9500

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. John Barry McManus
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821 - 3976
(978) 663-9500

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Airborne Measurement Systems is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is an important greenhouse gas, as well as a tracer for stratospheric air mass. We propose to design a miniaturized N2O detector based on direct absorption spectroscopy that is able to be deployed on SIERRA class and Global Hawk UAVs using many of the same functional elements as Aerodyne Research´┐Żs commercial mini-QCL trace gas instruments. Achieving this will allow for better source attribution of N2O as well as providing an important tool for understanding mixing processes between the troposphere and stratosphere. Specifically, our proposal calls for exploring two designs for a low-volume in-line multipass absorption cells; passive cooling of the laser and instrument electronics, a simplified low-power electronics design and computer, and low-power vacuum pump. The goal for Phase I will be the successful identification, design, and testing of components that can be integrated into a small UAV-compatible instrument packaged during Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary goal of this project is to develop a small and lightweight instrument to measure N2O with very high precision and accuracy onboard unmanned airborne platforms. This market share is likely to increase over the next years once we demonstrated the feasibility and with the increasing availability of airborne platforms. The same basic technology being developed in this project will apply to the measurement of other trace gases of interest, including NH3, COS, SO2, HCHO.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Developments made in this project will contribute to our continued effort of making our instruments more field deployable. This will immediately help for instrument deployment on other forms of aircraft, in ground-based mobile laboratories, or for in-situ measurements in remote locations. We expect significant market opportunities of up to 100 units over the next 5 years for a miniaturized N2O instrument with a sensitivity of 75 parts per trillion.

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)
Biological Signature (i.e., Signs Of Life)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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