The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP): a device for detecting microorganisms in situ using molecular probe technology
Project Manager & Lead Engineer: Scott Jensen
Lead Scientist: Chris Scholin
The purpose of this project is to develop a second generation of the ESP (2G ESP). The 2G ESP is building on the same design concepts of its predecessors, incorporating changes to make it more robust, compact, and capable. The overall goal in designing the 2G ESP is to produce a system that can be successfully deployed for a variety of applications on a routine basis by a team of trained technicians, thus making it accessible to a much larger group of users than is possible at present. An effort is being made to provide space and appropriate electrical, software, and fluid connectivity to support the addition of future sample and analytical modules. Testing of the first in situ 2G ESP is projected for about March 2005 with additional deployments in the summer months. Completion and testing of the deep-water sampling module (see the Keck project) will follow, with a long-term goal of preparing the ESP for deployments on the MOOS and MARS platforms.