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Multifunction, EO Meteorological Probes with Inherent Cross-Platform…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75452
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N054-028-0451
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2006
Title: Multifunction, EO Meteorological Probes with Inherent Cross-Platform Capabilities: a Boundary Layer Profiler (BLiP)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-C-0140
Award Amount: $499,060.00
 

Abstract:

Radar ducting behavior is a rather complex function of several environmental parameters into the atmospheric boundary layer but is dominated by humidity and temperature. Ideally, what is needed is a sensor that assesses real time vertical profiles of humidity, clouds and index/temperature and calculates the current radar ducting and optical visibility conditions for the ship's local vicinity, feeding in real time to decision makers. While working, it must maintain a low probability-of-detection profile. Navy has traditionally launched radiosondes from ships to derive upper air vertical soundings of winds, temperature and dew point. However, radiosondes pose several logistical and cost challenges as they are essentially narrow band RF homing beacons, making them unsuitable in certain situations. As they are launched manually, they require trained manpower and adequate topside space, which is at a premium on most ship platforms. An automatic system for making routine measurements of key atmospheric parameters of interest to EO propagation models would be highly desirable . An all-optical lidar sensor capable of reliably interrogating these basic atmospheric conditions up to and through the boundary layer is described and has the potential to decrease the reliance on expensive and often unreliable radiosonde upper air soundings.

Principal Investigator:

Mark C. Beaubien
Sr. Engineer
4138630200
mcb@yesinc.com

Business Contact:

Nancy L. Turgeon
Finance
4138630200
nlt@yesinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

YANKEE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC.
101 Industrial Blvd. Turners Falls, MA 01376

EIN/Tax ID: 043054407
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
VIRGINIA TECH
VTech, Fiber & Electro Optics
106 Plantation Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact: Carvel Holton
Contact Phone: (540) 231-8402
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university