• Project Code: 017 Mini Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer for Space Applications
    For the characterization of chemical and biological atmosphere of a space vehicle such as Space Station or planetary atmosphere a light weight, low power consuming, and rugged instrument is needed. STC is developing a miniaturized mass spectrometer that will fulfill all these requirements. It is based on miniature time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS) that has already been developed, a photograph of which is shown in figure 1. Since it is well known that a TOFMS has capability of detecting unlimited mass it is especially suitable for detecting biological molecules present in planetary environment. Its weight is less than 500 gm. The dimensions are shown in the photograph. More Information