Leiden Measurement Technology is expanding its portfolio of innovative, autonomous, and rugged sample-to-data instruments with two new Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts from NASA in 2021. The latest projects include an instrument that can monitor potable water aboard crewed vehicles such as the International Space Station.
Advancing our suite of autonomous, rugged sample-to-analysis instruments, NASA has awarded Leiden Measurement Technology three new Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts in 2020, including two Phase II contracts. With these awards, LMT continues its partnership with NASA to build innovative systems for life detection and conducting other advanced in-situ chemical analysis.
Continuing our innovation momentum, Leiden Measurement Technology is proud to announce that NASA has selected us for two new 2019 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contracts to design and build new instruments for chemical extraction and life detection in challenging environments.
LMT has been selected for 2019 NASA SBIR Phase II contract to continue developing a small automated microfluidics instrument that can separate different classes of (organic) molecules in water samples. The device is designed to help explore extraterrestrial ocean worlds like Europa and Enceladus. This project is the next phase of LMT's IN-situ Solid Phase Extraction of Chemical Targets (INSPECT) instrument.
LMT has been selected as a key partner on a NASA-sponsored platform to enable unprecedented autonomous life detection in habitable ocean environments concealed beneath thick ice crusts. The THOR (Thermal High-voltage Ocean-penetrator Research) project is being led by Stone Aerospace. The project is developing a robust cryobot capable of rapid, deep subglacial access for environmental characterization and life detection. THOR aims to be the first cryobot to descend into a subglacial lake, thus enabling unique investigations of the lake's geomicrobiology.
LMT is proud to announce another NASA SBIR Phase I contract, awarded to design the IN-situ Solid Phase Extraction of Chemical Targets (INSPECT) instrument, a versatile and automated sample processing module that can couple to several analytical instruments via a microfluidic platform.
Following a successful NASA SBIR Phase I contract, LMT is proud to announce that NASA's SBIR program has awarded it a Phase II contract to continue the design and building of the Wholly-integrated Optofluidic Laser-induced Fluorescence Electrophoresis Chip (WOLFEChip) System, a microchip capillary electrophoresis (MCE) system using a miniaturized optofluidic approach for packaging all critical optical elements necessary for laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) on-chip.
Building on its continuing innovation on life detection using microfluidic devices, LMT is partnering with the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) on its LIfE (Luminescence Imager for Exploration) project. LIfE will mature a microfluidic-based fluorescence imaging microscope for the detection and study of biomarkers and structural indicators of microbial life in icy world environments.