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Low-Cost Atmospheric Turbulence Measurement Platform

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67064
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2004-34
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GSSL Inc
PO Box 909 Tillamook, OR 97141-0909
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Low-Cost Atmospheric Turbulence Measurement Platform
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0138
Award Amount: $74,931.00
 

Abstract:

Current turbulence measurements are limited to pilot reports and measurements along a specific vertical or horizontal trajectory. Aside from the high cost, these methods do not provide information on turbulence patches, their size or persistence. This proposal combines emerging sensor instrumentation with new balloon technology to produce a balloon-borne, low cost Atmospheric Turbulence Measurement Platform. This system can economically facilitate data gathering in the scale of 1 ¿ 50 km, which is important to flight operations as well as numerical weather prediction models. The project objectives include definition of a feasibility study of inferring turbulence from balloon motions and evaluation of different types of balloon construction and sensor combinations. In Phase I, the feasibility study parameters and candidates for balloons and sensors will be identified. In Phase II the study would be completed and a prototype system built. Application for this ATBF would be to current FAA efforts, large disaster models, dispersion and plume studies, and Homeland Security planning efforts.

Principal Investigator:

Koh Murai
Engineering Manager
5038421990
koh@gsslinc.com

Business Contact:

Kristen S. Lachenmeier
CFO
5038421990
lkris@gsslinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GSSL, Inc.
P.O. Box 909 Tillamook, OR 97141

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