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Low-cost, compact, and robust gas abundance sensor package
Author(s): Dat Tran; George Nehmetallah; Nicolas Gorius; Frank T. Ferguson; Jaime Esper; Natasha M. Johnson; Shahid Aslam; Conor Nixon
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Paper Abstract

Gas Abundance Sensor Package (GASP) is a stand-alone scientific instrument that has the capability to measure the concentration of target gases based on a non-dispersive infrared sensor system along with atmospheric reference parameters. The main objective of this work is to develop a GASP system which takes advantage of available technologies and off-the-shelf components to provide a cost-effective solution for localized sampling of gas concentrations. GASP will enable scientists to study the atmosphere and will identify the conditions of the target’s planetary local environment. Moreover, due to a recent trend of miniaturization of electronic components and thermopiles detectors, a small size and robust instrument with a reduction in power consumption is developed in this work. This allows GASP to be easily integrated into a variety of small space vehicles such as CubeSats or small satellite system, especially the Micro-Reentry Capsule (MIRCA) prototype vehicle. This prototype is one of the most advanced concepts of small satellites that has the capability to survive the rapid dive into the atmosphere of a planet. In this paper, a fully-operational instrument system will be developed and tested in the laboratory environment as well as flight preparation for a field test of the instrument suite will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2018
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 10641, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI, 106410Q (2 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2304639
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Dat Tran, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
George Nehmetallah, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Nicolas Gorius, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frank T. Ferguson, The Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Jaime Esper, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Natasha M. Johnson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Shahid Aslam, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Conor Nixon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10641:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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