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Miniature GC: Minicell ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) for astrobiology planetary missionsAstrobiology flight experiments require highly sensitive instrumentation for in situ analysis of volatile chemical species and minerals present in the atmospheres and surfaces of planets, moons, and asteroids. The complex mixtures encountered place a heavy burden on the analytical instrumentation to detect and identify all species present. The use of land rovers and balloon aero-rovers place additional emphasis on miniaturization of the analytical instrumentation. In addition, smaller instruments, using tiny amounts of consumables, allow the use of more instrumentation and/or longer mission life for stationary landers/laboratories. We describe here the development of a miniature GC - Minicell Ion Mobility Spectrometer (IMS) under development through NASA's Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development (ASTID) Program and NASA's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program.
Document ID
20060015661
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kojiro, Daniel R. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Holland, Paul M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Stimac, Robert M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Kaye, William J. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Takeuchi, Norishige (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Exobiology
Meeting Information
American Chemical Society 231st National Meeting and Exposition(Atlanta, GA)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 344-52-00
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.