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A BALLOON-BORNE SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
15015
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15015
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Research Support Instruments, Inc.
4325-B Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706-4854
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: A BALLOON-BORNE SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,999.00
 

Abstract:

SOLAR FLARE PREDICTION IS A CRITICAL NEED FOR AIR FORCE SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS. THE KEY TO FLARE PREDICTION IS IN THE HIGHLY STRUCTURED MAGNETIC FIELDS PRECEDING FLARE ERUPTION. THE PROPOSED INSTRUMENT WILL ACHIEVE HIGH-SPATIAL-RESOLUTION MEASUREMENT OF THESE FIELDS BY OPERATION FROM A STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON, ABOVE THE DISTORTING EFFECTS OF THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE. THE PROPOSED SBIR PHASE I RESEARCH WILL DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ACHIEVING THE OPTICAL, MECHANICAL, AND ELECTRO-OPTIC STABILITY REQUIREMENTS OF A SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH TAKING LONG TIME EXPOSURES FROM A BALLOON PLATFORM UNDER SOLAR ILLUMINATION. THE PROPOSED BALLOON-BORNE, HIGH-RESOLUTION SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH WILL SUPPORT THE DEVELOMENT OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORMATION OF FLARES WITH EXPERIMENTAL DATA FAR SUPERIOR TO ANY AVAILABLE FROM GROUND-BASED OBSERVATORIES. THE UNDERSTANDING WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FLARE PREDICTION CAPABILITY, WHICH IS NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF SATELLITES, HUMANS IN SPACE, AND ELECTRICAL UTILITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS.

Principal Investigator:

Robert F Crabbs
Principal Investigator
3017856250

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Research Support Instruments
10610 Beaver Dam Road Cockeysville, MD 21030

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