NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 17-2 S1.09-9255
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Cryogenic Systems for Sensors and Detectors
PROPOSAL TITLE: Cryomechanical Preconcentration System for Trace Gas Analysis

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. Brian Lerner
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821 - 3976
(978) 932-0220

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Jiri Cistecki
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821 - 3976
(978) 663-9500 Extension :217

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 5
End: 9

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Cryogenic Systems for Sensors and Detectors 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)

Advanced cryogenic cooling systems are required to enable the high levels of sensitivity and precision needed for the measurements of trace atmospheric gases and isotopes that are used to evaluate anthropogenic impacts on the atmosphere and assess compliance with international regulations. This SBIR Phase II project will commercialize a robust cryogen-free pre-concentrator based on a Stirling cryocooler and a novel sample trap design. This system was successfully demonstrated in Phase I to have better thermal performance with lower maintenance than current pre-concentration systems used in NASA programs. The new sample traps are backward compatible with the existing cryogenic system to provide continued support for research groups using pre-concentrators with less advanced cooling. In Phase II, alternative sample traps will be developed to expand the utility of the pre-concentrator to a broader set of atmospheric trace gases, and to enhance the sensitivity of optical-based isotopic measurements. Selective and sensitive detection of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances will be further enhanced by coupling the pre-concentrator, via a gas chromatograph, to the high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer system evaluated in Phase I. In Phase II, improvements in the data acquisition and analysis software of this combined system will enable rapid automated analysis for field and laboratory measurements while providing new chemically-resolved information that was previously unavailable. 

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA is the head US agency for monitoring ozone depleting substances, and plays a leading role in US Global Climate Change Research Program (USGCRP). The system developed in this SBIR project will provide a significant advancement in capability for measuring ozone depleting substances and greenhouse gases. It will be a desirable upgrade to the stations in the NASA-sponsored Advanced Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) and will provide new technology for other NASA-sponsored atmospheric research programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Atmospheric research and climate change programs sponsored by other federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as a wide range of international collaborators, will benefit from the technology developed by this project.

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)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)

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