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Automated Sonde Launching System

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Department of Commerce
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc.
101 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Automated Sonde Launching System
Agency: DOC
Contract: DG133R-03-CN-0072
Award Amount: $300,000.00


Upper atmospheric measurements of temperature, humidity and winds are required daily at hundreds of locations around the world. These critical measurements are primarily made by radiosondes carried aloft by balloons filled with helium and tracked by ground stations. Currently, the process of radiosonde setup and launch is performed manually by trained human operators, and no mechanism exists to auto-calibrate radiosondes just prior to launch. Typically, NWS radiosonde preparation facilities are ¿High Bay¿ inflation buildings approximately 6.7 meters (22 ft) high with a 4.3 meter (14 ft) length. While there is a commercially available automated radiosonde launch system (manufactured outside the U.S.) at $400,000, this system is impractical for most programs, due to cost and size, and because it¿s only compatible with the vendor¿s proprietary radiosondes. We propose to produce two automated radiosonde launchers. The mobile version would have dimensions approximately 2.5 meters (8 ft) long, 2.0 meters (6.5 ft) wide, and 2.6 meters (8 ft) high and could be mounted on a trailer for mobility. The portable version would be small and light enough for two people to easily handle and transport in a small truck or SUV.

Principal Investigator:

William H. Bauman
Government Programs Mgr.

Business Contact:

Mark C. Beaubien
General Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc.
101 Industrial Blvd. Turner Falls, MA 01376

EIN/Tax ID: 043054407
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No