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Impossible's team of scientists and engineers works together with partners at space agencies, educational institutions and private enterprise to support active missions and develop novel concepts for space exploration.  We push past the cutting-edge and into the impossible.

LOW SWaP REQUIREMENTS

UNPARALELLED SENSITIVITY

FIRST-OF-KIND SENSOR TECH

RUGGEDIZED FOR OFF-WORLD MAKING

ELEMENTAL PRECISION

NASA SBIR PH II Selections: 2020 

DiSCO

(Dual In-situ Spectroscopy and Coring) is the first instrument that boasts integrated drilling-coring-caching, imaging, and laser spectroscopic mapping systems (Raman, LIBS, and fluorescence).  The instrument provides unprecedented analytics with a minimized need for resources enabling novel mission architectures with coring + analysis + caching capabilities offered within a single arm-mounted instrument. 

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HARPOON

(High Access Raman Probe with Onboard Optical Numerization) uses an innovative combination of adaptive spatial coding optics and detector that enables unique measurements: in-situ chemical identification and sub-ppb quantitation of complex organic compounds; biomolecules; minerals; salts; volatiles.  HARPOON enhances the sensitivity of planetary Raman instruments by several orders of magnitude.

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MISSIONS

In addition to developing scientific instruments and technologies for future space missions, our team actively supports daily mission operations  of  NASA's  Mars  2020  and  European  Space  Agency's  (ESA)  ExoMars  rovers.   Our  ground   instruments  provide
 

state-of-the-art testing and support for two instruments onboard NASA's Perserverance rover, SHERLOC and SuperCam, and the RLS Raman spectrometer instrument onboard ESA's Rosalind Franklin rover.

When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on the Red Planet in February, 2021, it will use SHERLOC to seek signs of past microbial life and characterize the planet's climate and geology. It is the first rover ever to carry a drill for coring samples from Martian rocks and soil.  The  recovered  samples will be left on Mars to be recovered in a later mission.  The Rosalind  Franklin   rover's   RLS  instrument  will  use   Raman spectroscopy to characterize mineralogical composition and identify biomarkers such as organic pigments on the planet's surface.

NASA's Perseverance Rover inspecting a rocky outcropping 

Perseverance  is  scheduled to  launch in  July  2020  from  Cape Canaveral  Air Force Station in Florida while ExoMars will launch in 2022.

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ESA's Rosalind Franklin Rover

MISSION CONCEPTS

LACROSS 

(Life Analysis, Capture, and Retention on an Orbiting Saturn Spacecraft) is a next-gen sample collection and management system that collects atmospheric (Venus, Titan) and plume particles (Enceladus, Europa) during fly-throughs, analyzing them in-situ.  Analyses are performed directly on captured samples, using customized surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy methods.

MoonSHOT

(Moon Subsurface Hydrogen Optical Tool) characterizes and maps lunar resources from a small lander or rover.  MoonSHOT aims and releases a fiber-tethered penetrator into regolith up to 100 m away from the landed craft and down to 5 cm.  Once the probe is in place, a laser illuminates a sample, and scattered (Raman) and emitted (LIBS) light are collected and relayed to the spectrometer.  The probe is then reeled in.  Using our novel architecture, MoonSHOT can be repeatedly deployed from a fixed lander or small mobile rover.

Impossible Sensing is located in St. Louis Missouri, USA. We specialize in science and technology for measuring the scattering and absorption of light. Since 2016, we’ve been providing science and engineering contract R&D and customized end-to-end systems in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Raman spectroscopy, reflectance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and imaging.
St. Louis, MO, USA
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