After NASA win, sensor startup has prospects on Earth and in space.

A St. Louis startup’s technology, designed to detect air quality problems on Earth, may also be headed into space.

Applied Particle Technology, based at the BioGenerator in the Central West End, recently won a $100,000 prize from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is looking for ways to protect astronauts from airborne pollutants. The win could lead to a test of APT’s sensor on the International Space Station, and perhaps eventually to its use on manned missions to the moon or Mars.

Applied Particle Technology Wins $100,000 In NASA Earth And Space Air Prize Competition

NASA, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), selected Applied Particle Technology, LLC from St. Louis, Missouri, as the $100,000 grand-prize winner of its Earth and Space Air Prize Competition. The agency is hoping to use new aerosol monitoring technology to, “keep astronauts breathing easy,” according to a press release.

“Breathable air is necessary to sustain humans both on Earth as well as in space. To ensure the health of humans living on Earth as well as those traveling in spacecraft to the Moon or Mars, aerosol sensors are needed to monitor air quality and alert engineers when action is necessary.” (more…)