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COMPACT, LOW COST LIDAR SYSTEM FOR ATMOSPHERIC SENSING

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
17973
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
17973
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: COMPACT, LOW COST LIDAR SYSTEM FOR ATMOSPHERIC SENSING
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $3,448,617.00
 

Abstract:

WORLD-WIDE WIND VELOCITY, BOTH SPEED AND DIRECTION, FROM THE GROUND THROUGH 50,000 FT. ALTITUDE CAN BE ACCURATELY MEASURED USING A SMALL SPACE-BASED PAYLOAD. THE PROPOW=SED PROJECT WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT RECENT DEVELOPED LASER, DETECTOR AND SPACECRAFT TECHNOLOGIES CAN BE EXPLOITED AND INTEGRATED INTO A SMALL, LOW COST, SPACE-BASED WIND MAPPING SYSTEM WHICH CAN BE CONFIGURED EITHER AS A MODULE AVOARD A LARGER SATELLITE (E.G. DMSP) OR AFREE FLYING SMALL SPACECRAFT. SIMILAR GROUND BASED ATMOSPHERIC LIDAR SYSTEMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEVELOPED AND SUCCESSFULLY USED. WHILE SPACE-BASED SYSTEM CONCEPTS HAVE BEEN STUDIED, REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY THE LASER AND DETECTORS SELECTED IN THESE EARLIER STUDIES RESULT IN A VERY LARGE COMPLEX AND COSTLY SYSTEMS. THE PROPOSAL OUTLINES A SYSTEM BASED COMPLETELY UPON PROVEN TECHNOLOGIES WHICH MAKES POSSIBLE A SMALL, LOW POWER, SPACE-BORNE PLATFORM THAT ACCURATELY CHARACTERIZES GLOBAL WIND PROPERTIES WITH TWICE DAILY UPDATES. A SYSTEM DESIGN WILL BE DEVELOPED WHICH IS REALISTIC, PRACTICAL AND COMPLETELY BASED ON PROVEN TECHNOLOGIES WHICH CAN DELIVER THE TIMELY, ACCURATE DATA NEEDED TO AFFECT A DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT IN WEATHER FORECASTING CAPABILITY. BOTH THE RAW WIND DATA AND THE ACCURATE FORECASTS THEY MAKE POSSIBLE HAVE ADVANTAGES IN THE MILITARY, CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL SECTORS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Frank A. Mcloughlin
4159401637

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aeroastro Corp
520 Huntmar Park Drive,, Suite 100a Herndon, VA 22070

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