2 May 2018 Low-cost, compact, and robust gas abundance sensor package
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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.
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Dat Tran, Dat Tran, George Nehmetallah, George Nehmetallah, Nicolas Gorius, Nicolas Gorius, Frank T. Ferguson, Frank T. Ferguson, Jaime Esper, Jaime Esper, Natasha M. Johnson, Natasha M. Johnson, Shahid Aslam, Shahid Aslam, Conor Nixon, Conor Nixon, "Low-cost, compact, and robust gas abundance sensor package", Proc. SPIE 10641, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications XI, 106410Q (2 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2304639; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2304639

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