Gas monitoring and detection encompass a wide range of medical, industrial, and environmental commercial markets. Quantitative detection of ammonia the gas that will be used in the Phase I experiments has commercial applications as diverse as in leak detection for industrial refrigeration, breath analysis for monitoring kidney dialysis, and sensing of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. The planned modular design of our instrument platform will give us considerable flexibility in addressing different markets. Initially, we will focus on instruments for the research community. Mesa Photonics has already developed a large customer base in university and government research labs through sales of our ultrafast laser diagnostic tools. Starting with these customers and their colleagues will speed product development because we do not need to also develop the packaging and sample handling accessories that are required for most industrial applications. Experience obtained from the research community will guide us toward identifying good choices for industrial applications and larger markets.
NASA commercial applications for trace gas detection include crew habitat air monitoring, crew physiology monitoring by breath analysis, early warning fire sensing, launch pad and test bed safety monitoring, and leak detection.