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.
LMT will begin work on a new NASA SBIR Phase I contract to build FLARE, a real-time, in-line, flow-through fluorescence spectrometer that operates using four excitation wavelengths ranging from the DUV through the visible to excite fluorescence in microbial proteins, metabolites, and pigments.
FLARE is ideal to deploy aboard the ISS or other crewed vehicle where it could continuously monitor the potable water for microbial contamination. Future missions would include those to and on the Moon and, later, Mars. Additionally, FLARE could be used aboard a long-duration science exploration mission to an Ocean World where it could be used as a triage instrument to trigger sample acquisition and analysis by a limited-run high-performance instruments.
Additionally, following the successful completion of our SBIR Phase I work, a new SBIR Phase II award will allow LMT to continue work on FAUVE, a new high-resolution, compact, fully-automated epifluorescence microscope with exceptional resolution from the deep ultraviolet through visible (DUV-VIS) spectrums.
LMT is very excited to continue its partnership with NASA to build innovative systems for life detection and conducting other advanced in-situ chemical analysis.