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Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07CA06C
Agency Tracking Number: 053960
Amount: $599,965.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-12-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-12-11
Small Business Information
2560 North Triphammer Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-9726
United States
DUNS: 152761375
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jack Edmonds
 Principal Investigator
 (607) 257-0533
Business Contact
 Kumar Seetharam
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (607) 257-0533
Research Institution

Improvements in existing technologies for icing weather information systems are required to increase the level of safety for aircraft flying in the atmospheric icing environment. Icing forecasts cannot provide the needed accuracy at the present time. Under a NASA sponsored SBIR program, Innovative Dynamics, Inc. is developing a Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System (RCLASS) that measures liquid water content, drop size, and droplet phase using low-power infrared lasers. These parameters would be used to identify certain cloud conditions that pose airborne icing hazards to aircraft. The innovation is a new capability for measuring cloud properties that would consist of a small optical probe flown on an expendable weather balloon. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of the IR-based approach. A series of tests were conducted in an environmental test chamber to demonstrate the overall detection capability. The proposed Phase II will continue development and calibration of the sensor package and integrate it into a commercially available balloonsonde system for evaluation testing in the atmosphere.

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