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Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CF06P
Award Amount: $125,000.00


This Phase I SBIR project will investigate a new, low-cost approach to atomic magnetometry that is suited for operation from UAVs and research balloons. Atomic magnetometers have been available for decades, but they remain expensive and relatively power-hungry, restricting their use to a small range of platforms. The proposed approach should result in a magnetometer selling at a cost point significantly below that of conventional atomic magnetometers that can be deployed on UAVs and stratospheric balloons. The Phase II research will involve constructing a prototype and flying it on a research balloon or UAV to study phenomena such as Electro-Magnetic Ion Cyclotron waves in the magnetosphere at altitudes of Data from these platforms will fill a scientific niche, as the Earth's field is undersampled at the spatial wavelengths of 30-100 km associated with stratospheric flight.

Principal Investigator:

David Hovde
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Alan C. Stanton
Small Business Information at Submission:

Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM -

EIN/Tax ID: 850340320
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No