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SBIR Phase I: Forward-Looking Turbulence Detection Sensor

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
80157
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0539157
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ophir Corp
10184 West Belleview Avenue, Suite 200 Littleton, CO 80127-1762
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: Forward-Looking Turbulence Detection Sensor
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0539157
Award Amount: $99,339.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project includes the development of an innovative, remote sensor using a Rayleigh/Mie laser radar to sample the air well ahead of an aircraft to monitor wind speed and detect turbulence. This sensor can, in effect, sense the atmosphere in the region of an aircraft and provide sensor data to mitigate turbulent event effects on the aircraft. The primary research objective is to develop an incoherent laser radar capable of providing range-resolved wind profiles in a small highly efficient and rugged package. This entails a requirements analysis, a trade study of sensor designs, and a complete sensor design for Phase II including a laser radar signal and a noise model estimate. A laboratory proof-of-concept demonstration is also proposed. The anticipated results include a Phase II prototype sensor design and a validation of the concept in the laboratory. This incoherent laser radar sensor will provide an additional air sensing tool for the atmospheric research community and for the commercial aviation industry with three-dimensional wind profiles even in clear air conditions (without atmospheric aerosols).Atmospheric researchers can more precisely characterize the atmosphere and potentially increase the understanding of the earth's climate and weather patterns.

Principal Investigator:

Loren M. Caldwell
Mr
3039332200
caldwell@ophir.com

Business Contact:

Connie Williams
Ms
3039332200
conniew@ophir.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ophir Corporation
10184 West Belleview Avenue Littleton, CO 80127

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