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LIGHTWEIGHT AUTONOMOUS DROPWINDSONDE SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14274
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14274
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: LIGHTWEIGHT AUTONOMOUS DROPWINDSONDE SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $250,000.00
 

Abstract:

MUCH OF THE RESEARCH ON OUTSTANDING PROBLEMS IN METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATE DYNAMICS WOULD PROFIT GREATLY FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF INEXPENSIVE IN-SITU MEASUREMENTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE. THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (NCAR) HAS DEVELOPED A FAMILY OF LIGHTWEIGHT DIGITAL DROPWINDSONDES, AND AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES HAS DEVELOPED A LOW-COST UNMANNED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AIRCRAFT (USRA) NAMED PERSEUS. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO COMBINE THE LIGHTWEIGTH DIGITAL DROPWINDSONDE WITH THE USRA TO PRODUCE A FLEXIBLE, LOW-COST SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING IN-SITU ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS. DURING PHASE 1 WE PROPOSE TO FABRICATE A DISPENSER FOR THE NCAR LIGHTWEIGHT LORAN DIGITALDROPWINDSONDE (L2D2) AND INSTALL IT ON THE AURORA PERSEUS PROOF-OF-CONCEPT AIRCRAFT. PIGGYBACKING ON THE PERSEUS' ENGINEERING FLIGHT TESTS IN EARLY 1991, WE PROPOSE TO DEMONSTRATE THE CONCEPT OF THE USRA/DROPWINDSONDE CONCEPT BYDEPLOYING L2D2 UNITS (LEFT OVER FROM THE 1989 ERICA CAMPAIGN) FROM THE PERSEUS. THE RECEIVER AND DATA PROCESSING UNIT FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION WOULD BE GROUND BASED. DURING PHASE 2 WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A DEDICATED AIRBORNE DATA COLLECTION AND PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR USE ABOARD THE USRA.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. John Langford
President
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp.
P.o. Box 11998 Alexandria, VA 22312

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No