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INSTRUMENTATION FOR AVIATION SAFETY

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
1990
Program Year/Program:
1985 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1990
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Weather Corp.
46 Kendal Common Rd Weston, MA 02193
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1985
Title: INSTRUMENTATION FOR AVIATION SAFETY
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROPOSAL IS TO DEVELOP 2 NOVEL METHODS FOR REMOTE DETECTION OF DANGEROUS ATMOSPHERIC REGIONS THROUGH ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENTS FROM AIRCRAFT AND THE GROUND. THE PROPOSED DETECTION TECHNIQUESMAY BE BETTER THAN RADAR FOR DETECTING DANGEROUS TURBULENT AND ELECTRIFIED REGIONS UNDER SOME CONDITIONS (LITTLE OR NO RAIN), CAN SEE THROUGH CLOUDS WITH MUCH RAIN (WHICH BLOCK RADAR), HAS LONGER RANGE THAN RADAR, AND CAN BE MOUNTED ON AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS WHERE THERE MAY BE NO NOSE CONE AVAILABLE FOR A RADAR ANTENNA. ELECTRIC FIELDS WILL BE OBSERVED WITH SIMPLE CORONA CURRENT INSTRUMENTATION SINCE AIRCRAFT CAN TRIGGER LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING WILL BE MAPPED WITH AN INTERFEROMETER. THUS, THE PREAND POST-LIGHTNING AS WELL AS THE LIGHTNING PHASES OF A STORM WILL BE COVERED. THERE WILL BE COCKPIT DISPLAYS FOR THE ELECTRIC FIELD VECTOR, LIGHTNING POSITION AND SFERIC RATE. PRELIMINARY TESTING OF A CORONA SYSTEM HAS ALREADY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED ON OUR UNIQUE ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRIC RESEARCH AIRCRAFT. THE LIGHTNING INTERFEROMETER HAS BEEN PROVEN FOR DIRECTIONAL SENSING ON THE GROUND; THIS PROGRAM WILL EXTEND THE TECHNOLOGY TO AIRCRAFT INCLUDING SINGLE-STATION-RANGING.

Principal Investigator:

Ralph j markson
6178991834

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Weather Corp
46 Kendal Common Rd Weston, MA 02193

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