Lunar Outpost Enters NASA Earth and Space Air Prize Competition

Lunar Outpost Inc enters NASA's Earth and Space Air Prize competition looking to Space-ify and improve the Canary Air Quality monitoring system it has developed for the City and County of Denver. Lunar Outpost developed its air quality monitoring technology earlier this year for use in the human habitats on the Moon or other locations in space. Lunar Outpost applied this technological expertise to develop the earth-bound Canary Air Quality Monitoring System (Canary) which will see its first implementation in early 2018. Canary is designed to be at the top of its class in accuracy, reliability and cost.

Lunar Outpost is poised to develop another advanced air quality monitoring system for use on board the International Space Station as part of the competition. Significant improvements on the Canary Air Quality system will come from developing key components in-house, allowing for a more robust, and longer lasting space rated model that can be adjusted for use in various applications (Smart City, EPA, mining, health..).

Lunar Outpost is participating in the NASA competition to secure funding and partnership for development of the Canary-II providing improved monitoring of particulate matter. Future iterations will have capabilities to monitor other pollutants, such as Ozone, Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide and more.

WIRED Article Features Lunar Outpost's CEO Justin Cyrus

Lunar Outpost’s CEO, Justin Cyrus was featured in an article by WIRED magazine detailing a new Space Resources program at the Colorado School of Mines. Check it out through the link below. “Then there’s Justin Cyrus…”

Lunar Outpost Partners with City of Denver on Air Quality

Press Release Announcing Lunar Outpost Partnership with the City of Denver

Lunar Outpost, a local Colorado space resources company, is bringing its extraterrestrial expertise down to Earth in a partnership with the City and County of Denver Department of Environmental Health. Together, they are working on a new initiative to help monitor and improve air quality in the area. Although an aerospace focused company, Lunar Outpost saw this project as an opportunity to help improve the local community and develop air monitoring technology that could also have applications in future space endeavors. Lunar Outpost is headed by Justin Cyrus, a University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines graduate with experience working on military and civilian space technologies. It was founded at the beginning of 2017 with the goal of utilizing space resources to disrupt and improve the space and energy Industries.

This project, led by Air Quality Analyst Michael Ogletree of Denver's Department of Environmental Health, will be unprecedented in terms of enabling the real-time monitoring of air quality across the Denver Metro Area. A network of these sensors can be used to analyze trends in air quality, identify potential sources of pollution, allow for solutions to be developed for those sources, and issue warnings for poor air quality areas.

In the 1970's and 1980's, the Denver area exceeded EPA air quality standards for up to 200 days per year. Since then, the region has made significant strides in reducing air pollution through a combination of sound public policies, improved control technologies, and behavior changes.

In Denver, motor vehicles are still the primary contributor to air pollution.  Even though air quality has improved dramatically, our understanding of air pollution and its impacts on health has also improved.  Traditional air pollution monitoring is rigorous, expensive, and is not commonly done in more than a few locations in any one city.  With population growth (and the associated increase in motor vehicles), there is increased public interest in understanding "hot-spots" via the use of reliable low cost sensors that can be deployed in numerous locations.    The air quality sensors can be deployed in a comprehensive network, covering key locations such as schools, parks, and busy intersections. The data go to a centralized database, where it will be stored and analyzed. Knowledge gained from these tools will help the city better plan for localized air quality hotspots and guide management strategies for healthier air.

To ensure a quality, accurate, cost effective sensor system, Lunar Outpost will be designing and building the air quality sensor systems from the ground up. The preliminary design work by Lunar Outpost associated with creating the sensor is being performed at no cost to the city.  Low cost portable sensors are being deployed in many trials throughout the US currently and Denver is testing several commercially available versions in partnership with a local university and other regulatory partners.

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