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Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Innovative Dynamics, Inc.
2560 North Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07CA06C
Award Amount: $599,965.00


Improvements in existing technologies for icing weather information systems are required to increase the level of safety for aircraft flying in the atmospheric icing environment. Icing forecasts cannot provide the needed accuracy at the present time. Under a NASA sponsored SBIR program, Innovative Dynamics, Inc. is developing a Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System (RCLASS) that measures liquid water content, drop size, and droplet phase using low-power infrared lasers. These parameters would be used to identify certain cloud conditions that pose airborne icing hazards to aircraft. The innovation is a new capability for measuring cloud properties that would consist of a small optical probe flown on an expendable weather balloon. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of the IR-based approach. A series of tests were conducted in an environmental test chamber to demonstrate the overall detection capability. The proposed Phase II will continue development and calibration of the sensor package and integrate it into a commercially available balloonsonde system for evaluation testing in the atmosphere.

Principal Investigator:

Jack A. Edmonds
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kumar S. Seetharam
Contracts Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Innovative Dynamics, Inc.
2560 North Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID: 161407666
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No