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Sensing of Upper Atmosphere

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8718-07-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: F061-246-3352
Amount: $749,044.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-246
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-03-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-06-20
Small Business Information
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D
Bozeman, MT 59718
United States
DUNS: 118024608
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Bognar
 (406) 994-9354
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 994-9354
Research Institution

Accurate observations and forecasts of meteorological conditions in the battlespace are of extreme importance to the most effective employment of military assets. In many instances, it is not possible to gather in-situ meteorological data by routine means such as sounding balloons carrying radiosondes. There is a need to provide a means by which such data may be gathered with the requisite accuracy and density even over denied or hostile territory; it is also desirable to obtain such measurements in the most covert manner possible. In Phase I, a proof-of-concept system centered around a balloon-borne dropsonde launcher was designed, fabricated, and demonstrated. Phase II work will involve a series of incremental improvements to the Phase I design, along with flight tests to demonstrate each improvement. Key improvements will be centered around the dropsondes, balloon technology, launcher design, and communications systems. At the conclusion of Phase II, a fully-proven system for retrieving in-situ meteorological profiles over hostile or denied territory will have been designed and field tested, and will be ready for production. Two prototype systems will be delivered to the Air Force for evaluation.

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