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Development of a Large Area Standoff Bio-Finder and Chemical Analyzer for Planetary Exploration University of Hawai’i/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ames Research Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Science Mission Directorate, Space Technology Mission Directorate

University of Hawai’i researchers are developing a compact laserbased system for remote chemical analysis of minerals with funding from the NASA EPSCoR program. The researchers are a building compact system which can perform chemical analysis of a target from a distance of 10m using remote Raman, LIBS and fluorescence spectroscopies in daytime with fast detection time of 1s using a green 532nm pulsed laser. The University of Hawai’i has collaborated with NASA AMES and NASA Langley Research Centers, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for this effort. Two of the researchers funded by this EPSCoR program were selected to be team member for upcoming NASA’s Mars 2020 mission for developing the “SuperCam” instrument in collaboration with LANL. This achievement made local news highlighting the research capabilities available at University of Hawai’i. The Hawai’i researchers are also

collaborating with USA-based laser company Q-Peak, Inc., from Bedford, Massachusetts, under the NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, to develop a compact laser for space applications. The State of Hawai’i, typically known for its tourism industry, is systematically changing to open doors for space science and high tech industry. Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is looking forward to its first satellite launch in October 2015. With a successful launch, Hawai’i will be the first state in the world to train students to build their own small satellites and launch them in space. Educating and training new students in space science and technology and developing new instruments is one of the goals of the EPSCoR program.

Training of an undergraduate student by a doctoral student during a field testing for remote chemical sensing.

The laser based instrument developed under this EPSCoR program.

Dr. Anupam Misra, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu

Dr. Chris McKay, NASA Technical Monitor, Ames Research Center

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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