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Compact, Low Cost, Real-Time Lidar Wind Sensor

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73738
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-203-1845
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 0302
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Compact, Low Cost, Real-Time Lidar Wind Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QY-05-C-0023
Award Amount: $119,639.00
 

Abstract:

Wind estimation is a large component in the error budget for high altitude, long offset distance, precision airdrops. Cargo landing accuracy would greatly improve by precise crosswind measurements on the guided platform - a capability currently not available. CTI proposes to design and demonstrate an operational form-factor prototype wind sensor that provides real-time wind measurements to a guided airdrop system. Our baseline approach, simulated using high-performance lidar modeling codes, uses all off-the-shelf telecommunication components and automated assembly methods to meet the stringent cost and weight requirements. Phase I will deliver a trade study of primary and alternate architectures, a prototype sensor design and production cost estimates. Early in Phase II, the design, build, and test of a laboratory prototype sensor will be completed. The information gained in this experiment will be used for the development of an operational form-factor prototype that will be tested at an appropriate Army facility. These Phase I/II efforts will leverage CTI's experience in deploying wind lidar. Not only does CTI have commercial Doppler wind lidars at domestic and international airports, but we have also flown ~6 different coherent lidar transceivers on over twelve different fixed and rotary wing aircraft, while logging hundreds of successful flight hours.

Principal Investigator:

Carl Embry
Senior Research Engineer
3036042000
Carl.Embry@ctilidar.com

Business Contact:

Timothy Carrig
Research & Development Director
3036042000
Tim.Carrig@ctilidar.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
135 S. Taylor Avenue Louisville, CO 80027

EIN/Tax ID: 840953476
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No