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Company Information:

Company Name: Atmospheric Observing Systems, Inc.
City: Boulder
State: CO
Zip+4: 80301-2895
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (303) 443-3389

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,548,287.00 18
SBIR Phase II $5,903,735.00 10

Award List:

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $75,000.00

High Precision, Airborne Carbon Dioxide Analyzers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith
Award Amount: $98,288.00
Abstract:
70747 Instrumentation is needed to quantify all significant sources and sinks of man-made carbon dioxide. This information would in turn enable accurate predictions of the impact of carbon dioxide on the Earth¿s climate. This project will adapt an existing carbon dioxide analyzer to… More

High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for the Earth's CO2 Background

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The phase I research was successful. An analyzer was designed and built, and it meets all five criteria of the DOC solicitation subtopic. We are proposing to: (1) build and incorporate copies of the analyzer into three detection systems, each to be constructed and customized for a platform of… More

High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for the Earth's CO2 Background

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
The phase I research was successful. An analyzer was designed and built, and it meets all five criteria of the DOC solicitation subtopic. We are proposing to: (1) build and incorporate copies of the analyzer into three detection systems, each to be constructed and customized for a platform of… More

High Precision, Airborne Analyzers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
70747S02-II Instrumentation is needed to quantify all significant sources and sinks of man-made carbon dioxide. The information generated would, in turn, enable accurate predictions of the impact of carbon dioxide on the Earth¿s climate. This project will integrate an existing carbon dioxide… More

High Precision, Airborne Analyzers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
70747S02-II Instrumentation is needed to quantify all significant sources and sinks of man-made carbon dioxide. The information generated would, in turn, enable accurate predictions of the impact of carbon dioxide on the Earth¿s climate. This project will integrate an existing carbon dioxide… More

Head-Up Display for Mariners

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
This proposed NOAA SBIR Project will demonstrate the feasibility of a low-cost Head-Up Display (HUD) for mariners, that will display 2 and 3-dimensional navigation and nautical chart data. The capabilities of the Phase 1 HUD system will be based on operational requirements determined during the… More

High Precision Monitoring Instrumentation for Background Methane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $104,000.00
Abstract:
Our Phase I effort was successful. We upgraded our baseline methane analyzer to meet or surpass the levels of performance posed by DOC solicitation subtopic 8.1.1R: sensitivity of 10 ppb (dry mole fraction), low maintenance for extended periods at remote field sites, less than one liter (NTP) of… More

A System of Observation, Analysis and Verification for the Stable Isotopes of Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
78555S DOE requires rapid, cost-effective methods for measuring the isotopic composition of atmospheric carbon dioxide. For discrete sampling, the [13CO2]/[12CO2] ratio must be measured to a precision of 0.2¿. For continuous monitoring (e.g. a one hour period), a resolution of 10 times less… More

Expendable Probes for Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
78574S A wide range of practical instruments is needed for monitoring carbon dioxide concentrations of the land, air, and sea. Moderate accuracy and precision of order 1 ppm (dry mole fraction) will suffice. Expense, weight, size, and electrical power must be kept low to make the instrumentation… More

Vertically Integrated Measuring and Monitoring Instrumentation for Terrestrial Sinks and Sources of Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
78556S A vertically integrated system is needed to quantify the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide for terrestrial ecosystems. The system requires a broad coherence across spatial scales ranging from sub-meter plots of vegetation and soils up to the full ecosystem. The coherence is enforced by an… More

The Oceanic CO2 Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Robust instrumentation is needed to map the distribution of Delta p(CO2) for the ocean¿s surface. Accuracies must be 2 ppm for water and 0.2ppm for the atmosphere. We are proposing to customize an AOS NonDispersive InfraRed analyzer to measure Delta p(CO2) autonomously from ships. Calibration… More

Flask Sampling Instrumentation for Trace Species of the Atmosphere

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
Atmospheric Observing Systems has substantial experience in the design, testing and manufacturing of glass flask packages for CCGG/CMDL. AOS is proposing to expand its business to manufacture packages for the CAMP/CMDL program as well. For Phase I, AOS will build two prototype flask packages for… More

Ultralight, Low-power Probes of Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
A wide range of practical instruments is needed for monitoring carbon dioxide concentrations of the land, air, and sea. Moderate accuracy of order 1 ppm (dry mole fraction) and temporal response of a few seconds will suffice. Expense, weight, size, and electrical power must be kept low to make the… More

Vertically Integrated Measuring and Monitoring Instrumentation for Terrestrial Sinks and Sources of Carbon Dioxide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Tower-based observatories monitor terrestrial ecosystems from a single spot; however, it is not known if the observations are applicable to the entire ecosystem. A vertically-integrated suite of technologies could be used to evaluate ecosystem-atmospheric interactions and determine the actual… More

The Oceanic CO2 Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, President
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
During Phase I, AOS produced a prototype, equilibrator-based p(CO2) monitor and performed extensive research in the laboratory and in the field to verify its operation. It is compact, has minimal environmental loading and is suitable for autonomous deployments from research vessels and oceanic… More

Calibration and Verification Instrumentation for the International (WMO) Scale of Dry Mole Fraction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas, and improved in situ instruments are needed to track its flow throughout the global carbon cycle. Such instruments must be cost effective with regard to both hardware and operations; require little maintenance for deployments to the air, land, and sea; and… More

Innovative CO2 Analyzer Technology for the Eddy Covariance Flux Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We propose to build and evaluate NDIR Analyzers that can observe eddy covariance flux of CO2 from unmanned airborne platforms. For both phases, a total of four analyzers are to be evaluated for their nose (ppb rms, Dry Mole Fraction) and susceptibility to artifacts on platform. We present original… More

The Ratiometric NDIR Analyzer for Robotic Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Almost all of America¿s energy needs are supplied by the combustion of fossil fuels, and a great amount of anthropogenic CO2 is a byproduct of this process. Instrumentation is needed to (1) better track the CO2 as it is processed by the global carbon cycle and (2) improve the prediction of the… More

Innovative CO2 Analyzer Technology for the Eddy Covariance Flux Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Smith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,988.00
Abstract:
We propose to build and evaluate NDIR Analyzers that can be used to observe Eddy Covariance Flux and Absolute Dry Mole Fraction of CO2 from stationary and airborne platforms for a great range of environments. Both open- and close-path analyzers are to be evaluated. Phase I succeeded in building a… More

Wind Probe Technology for the Eddy Covariance Flux Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Almost all of America¿s energy needs are supplied by the combustion of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, a byproduct of this combustion is CO2, the primary greenhouse gas. In order to track this greenhouse gas as it is processed by the carbon cycle, this project will complete the development of the Eddy… More

The Photo-Pneumatic CO2 Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Smith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We are proposing to build a new technology, the photo-pneumatic analyzer. It is small, solid-state, inexpensive, and appropriate for observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from six of the seven robotic platforms being targeted by NASA in its solicitation. An inexpensive MEMS transducer is… More

The Ratiometric NDIR Analyzer for Robotic Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Almost all of America¿s energy needs are supplied by the combustion of fossil fuels, and a great amount of anthropogenic CO2 is a byproduct of this process. The DOE has expressed a need for the development of CO2 instrumentation that can be deployed on small balloons and other robotic platforms… More

Calibration/Validation Technology for the CO2 Satellite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. James R. Smith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
We are proposing to develop high altitude CO2 analyzer technology that can be deployed on the research aircraft of NASA's Airborne Science Program (ASP). The ultimate scientific goal is the calibration/validation of CO2 observations made from spacecraft. Two forms of the analyzer are to be… More

The Photo-Pneumatic CO2 Analyzer for Robotic Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Eighty-five percent of America

Calibration/Validation Technology for the CO2 Satellite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. James R. Smith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,979.00
Abstract:
AOS has shown that it is feasible to use the combined NASA/SBIR resources from Phases I and II to:(i) Build a turn-key analyzer system that has the dual-band/differential architecture and is small, light and sensitive enough to be deployed in the smallest zone of the Global Hawk… More

Objective Climate Monitoring Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James R. Smith, Dr. – 303-817-6854
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
New CO2 analysis technology is proposed to enable development of environmental infrastructure consisting of dense networks of towers that can monitor urban air pollution, validate observations from CO2 satellites and complement the sparsely populated tower network of NOAA/GMD. The analysis… More

The Photo-Pneumatic CO2 Analyzer for Robotic Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Smith, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,768.00
Abstract:
New atmospheric sampling technology is needed to monitor the impact of energy production by the combustion of fossil fuels. The new technologies should enable the much higher monitoring densities that are appropriate for building models of climate change, for judging attempts of urban remediation… More