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Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095748
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.09
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA14C
Award Amount: $599,573.00
 

Abstract:

A small, modular dropsonde launcher is being developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Some critical measurement needs can only be satisfied by in-situ measurements. Key examples of such measurements include detailed atmospheric profiles, point meteorological conditions on the surface, and in-situ measurements for calibration and validation of remote sensing systems.Phase I work saw the design and fabrication of a new type of dropsonde with a novel form factor and the associated launcher. The system was installed in a representative UAV nose. System components were successfully tested.Phase II will involve finalizing the launcher and dropsonde designs, developing the associated control and data handling system, building and testing the integrated system, and finally conducting test flights on a UAV.The ultimate result of the project will be a dropsonde system that can be fitted to many NASA UAVs, including small UAVs, and enable them to gather in-situ atmospheric profiles and surface measurements using dropsondes.The Phase II entry TRL is 5; the expected exit TRL is 8.

Principal Investigator:

John Bognar
Principal Investigator
4064069354
jbognar@anasphere.com

Business Contact:

John Bognar
Business Official
4064069354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -

EIN/Tax ID: 352176869
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No