The proposed aerosol sensor could be used to improve and study the air quality on the International Space Station. The technology could complement work done with the NASA Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test (DAFT) and Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment (SAME-R). AMI's aerosol monitor could be used for novel, low-weight airborne sensor platforms in unmanned aircraft. Applications include atmospheric measurements of aerosols and collection of air / ash samples from volcanic plumes. Such measurements might complement Lidar and Doppler radar data taken with the Aerosol, Cloud, and Ecosystems (ACE) project. Because of the MEMS sensor's inert physical-chemical properties, the instrument functions over a wide-range of harsh temperature, power, and pressure conditions, can withstand high radiation and impact stress, and also operates without gravity. The sensor is suitable for deployment on planetary and lunar missions, and for operation in other crew exploration vehicles. It could be useful for balloon or surface based measurements of the atmosphere on Mars or Titan.
PM is one of the leading global risks for morbidity. There is an urgent need for inexpensive devices that monitor PM pollutants such as diesel exhaust, combustion sources, environmental tobacco smoke, power plant emissions, and nanoparticles. The proposed technology has important societal impact by enabling those seeking to improve air quality and reduce the health impacts of airborne PM in the environment, home, and workplace, and by reducing the cost of collecting airborne PM pollution data. The proposed real-time MEMS PM monitor provides a compelling value proposition by offering stand-alone operation and an order of magnitude reduction in size and power and lower cost in comparison to existing aerosol mass monitors. Markets for the instrument include indoor air quality monitoring, wearables, IoT, monitoring in aircraft and automobiles, industrial hygiene, and power plant monitoring. The 2015 worldwide addressable market for the technology is over $300 million. Several leading companies have written formal letters of interest in the technology.