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Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95598
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095748
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10RA52P
Award Amount: $99,784.00
 

Abstract:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are assuming more numerous and increasingly important roles in global environmental and atmospheric research. There is a corresponding growth in equipment needs for UAVs so that they may meet their mission goals. Some critical measurement needs can only be satisfied by in-situ measurements. Key examples of such measurements include detailed atmospheric profiles, point meteorological conditions on the surface, and in-situ measurements for calibration and validation of remote sensing systems. A scalable dropsonde launcher will be developed that will be able to fit a range of UAVs. It will be able to launch a variety of dropsondes derived from Anasphere's existing radiosonde and dropsonde families. Dropsondes for high-precision, high-density, and surface-based measurements will be developed. Phase I will involve designing a launcher that uses an existing Anasphere dropsonde and fits into a representative UAV provided by Vanilla Aircraft. The launcher will be demonstrated in the laboratory and in a high-speed airflow environment. The ultimate result of the project will be a dropsonde system that can be fitted to many NASA UAVs and enable them to gather in-situ atmospheric profiles and surface measurements using dropsondes.

Principal Investigator:

John Bognar
Principal Investigator
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com

Business Contact:

John Bognar
Business Official
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT 59718

EIN/Tax ID: 352176869
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No