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Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System

Award Information

Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive Goleta, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Contract: WC-133R-13-CN-0085
Award Amount: $95,000.00


Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop a mobile VHF-based sensor suite for detecting and mapping lightning flashes. The proposes Lightning Mapping Unmanned Sensor (LUTMUS)™ System will meet small unmanned aerial system (UAS) cost, size, weight, and power (C-SWAP) constraints and should be capable of being placed on virtually any small UAS. The most critical component of the LITMUS system us the VHF sensor design, which will be developed during the Phase I program. Initial performance estimates indicate that the LITMUS system with four geometrically diverse agents will be capable of geolocating intra-cloud (IC) flashes to less than 10-m spherical error probably (SEP), and will be able to map the entire flash sequence from beginning to end. In addition to the VHF sensor, the LITMUS system will comprise a video camera, GPS antenna and receiver, a communication system, and a mission control unit (MCU) for cross-correlating signals from multiple UASs. At the conclusion of the Phase I effort, Toyon will be ready for fabricating the Phase II design in preparation for a Phase II demonstration.

Principal Investigator:

Kenan O. Ezal, Ph.D
Senior Scientist
(805) 968-6787
Small Business Information at Submission:

Toyon Research Corporation
6800 Cortona Drive Goleta, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 953526665
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No