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Development of the Miniaturized Infrared Detector for Atmospheric Species (MIDAS) Instrument University of Hawai’i, Honolulu/NASA Ames Research Center, Science Mission Directorate

Dr. Brendan Hermalyn, Science PI, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Dr. Anthony Colaprete, NASA Technical Monitor, Ames Research Center

The Miniaturized Infrared Detector for Atmospheric Species, or MIDAS, is a small, low-cost infrared instrument designed to detect greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, from remote platforms such as UAVs and high altitude balloons here on Earth to cubesats and planetary missions to Mars, Titan, and beyond. Current, state-of-the-art technologies for remote detection of trace gases are accurate but limited in range, resolution and how their data can be displayed. These systems are not miniaturizable due to physical and power constraints or are not powerful at large working distances. They are also too expensive for smaller missions and their platforms. With miniaturization, MIDAS has significant advantages: from UAVs and, ultimately, cubesats, this low-cost, adaptable infrared system can make higher spatial resolution measurements and classification of these gases for climatological and hazard studies, such as from leaks in gas pipelines. The proposal team has a great deal of experience in developing instruments for thermal infrared remote sensing of solid and gaseous targets such as CO2 and CH4. MIDAS builds on previous EPSCoRand NASA R&D-funded developments of space-born microbolometers to produce a miniaturized solution suitable for deployment on a large number of future mission architectures.

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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