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A CRYOGENIC ABSOLUTE RADIOMETER FOR EARTH RADIATION SENSING

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
2760
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2760
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH AND INSTRUMENTATION
CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH AND INSTRUMENTATION, INC. WOBURN, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: A CRYOGENIC ABSOLUTE RADIOMETER FOR EARTH RADIATION SENSING
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE PURPOSE OF OUR RESEARCH PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A HELIUM-COOLED ABSOLUTE RADIOMETER SUITABLE FOR WIDE-BAND MEASUREMENTS OF THE EARTH'S RADIATION AT AN ANGULAR RESOLUTION TWO ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE BETTER THAN ACHIEVED WITHTHE EXISTING ERBE RADIOMETERS. WE HAVE CONSTRUCTED AND CHARACTERIZED A HELIUM-COOLED RADIOMETER OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. THIS SUCCESSFUL INSTRUMENT IS OPTIMIZED FOR LABORATORY STANDARDS APPLICATIONS AND IS PRESENTLY BEING USED FOR STUDIES OF PHOTODIODE YIELD UNDER LASER ILLUMINATION. THE AIM OF THIS PHASE I STUDY IS TO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT AN ULTRA LOW-MASS RECEIVER FOR THIS RADIOMETER AND TEST ITS PERFORMANCE AGAINST A NUMERCIAL HEAT FLOW MODEL. THIS COMPARISON WILL ENABLE US TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE DRAMATIC ADVANTAGES IN SENSITIVITY ANDTIME CONSTANT THAT A HELIUM-COOLED RADIOMETER SEEMS TO OFFERIN SUCH A MEASUREMENT CAN BE REALIZED IN PRACTICE. IF THE PHASE I RESULTS ARE FABORABLE, WE WILL REQUEST PHASE II SUPPORT TO CONSTRUCT A PROTOTYPE HELIUM-COOLED RADIOMETER OPTIMIZED FOR EARTH RADIATION MEASUREMENTS FROM THE SHUTTLE AND THE SPACE STATION.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Peter V Foukal
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Cambridge Research & Instrumen
21 Erie St Cambridge, MA 02139

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Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No