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dc.contributor.advisorJeffrey A. Hoffman.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBhattaru, Srinivasa Adityaen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-15T16:34:53Z
dc.date.available2018-11-15T16:34:53Z
dc.date.copyright2018en_US
dc.date.issued2018en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/119060
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2018.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 75-78).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe development of any spaceflight instrument involves a systematic, iterative process of design, testing, and validation. This ensures that the system developed will meet the needs of stakeholders while minimizing costs and risks. Here, the needs for a life-detection instrument targeting nucleic acids are identified, the objectives for that instrument are determined, and system engineering analysis is used to demonstrate that a Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrument would fulfill those objectives and is feasible for a rover mission. Additionally, we show our design and build process for a testbed to rapidly prototype SETG components and subsystems, which has successfully automated nucleic acid extraction, sequencer loading, and parts of library preparation. We also experiment with thermal simulations and conduct a sequencing test at Martian conditions, using a custom built thermal vacuum chamber system. Finally, this thesis explores potential avenues for future development and identifies short term and long term engineering goals that would assist the SETG team in developing an instrument prototype.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Srinivasa Aditya Bhattaru.en_US
dc.format.extent78 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectAeronautics and Astronautics.en_US
dc.titleDesign, testing, and validation of the search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrumenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc1057726335en_US


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