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Glidersonde, a Meteorological Optical Profiling Sensor

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / 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 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Glidersonde, a Meteorological Optical Profiling Sensor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CD26P
Award Amount: $124,999.00


The "Glidersonde"is a UAV-deployed environmental sensor suite that is air-deployed and glides into denied or hazardous areas including volcanoes or nuclear emergency, wildland fire or HAZMAT release areas. It can either be released by hand or used with Yankee's commercial Automated Dropsonde Dispenser (ADD) which we tested in the Navy Twin Otter P256, and is and is currently undergoing integration with NASA's Global Hawk for a 2012 test. It measures local scattering, cloud optical depth, ground/sea surface temperatures, SOx, nuclear radiation, aerosol optical depth, as well as in-situ pressure/temperature/humidity/winds like a NCAR RD-94 dropsonde.

Principal Investigator:

Mark C. Beaubien
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Nancy Turgeon
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Yankee Environment Systems Inc
101 Industrial Blvd P.O. Box 746 Turners Falls, MA 01376-1611

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