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Ocean Surface Vector Winds (OSVW)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: n68335-19-c-0677
Agency Tracking Number: N16B-026-0005
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16B-T026
Solicitation Number: 16.B
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-05
Small Business Information
282 Century Place, Suite 1000
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
DUNS: 601975803
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Geoff Crowley
 Principal Investigator/Project Manager
 (303) 993-8039
Business Contact
 Gerald Thompson
Phone: (303) 478-1780
Research Institution
 University of Colorado - Boulder
 Jade Morton, PhD. Jade Morton, PhD.
Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department 2598 Colorado Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
United States

 (303) 492-5071
 Nonprofit College or University

Ocean surface winds are critically important in naval operations. They may aid, hinder, or negate maneuvers and operations, and are a primary consideration in routing ships. Continuous and reliable information on favorable and unfavorable sea state is critical for a broad range of naval missions, including strategic ship movement and positioning, aircraft carrier operations, aircraft deployment, effective weapons use, underway replenishment, and littoral operations. Wind measurements are also used to support short-term weather forecasting (e.g. as inputs for the Navy Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM)) and predictions of weather warnings. The overall objective of ASTRA’s STTR project is to develop a novel Nanosat payload for the Navy’s measurement requirements for Ocean Surface Vector Winds (OSVW). The goal of the Phase I effort was to determine the feasibility of developing a small-SWaP CubeSat Ocean Observing (CO2) sensor to measure ocean surface wind speed from CubeSat platforms. Our Phase I research activities demonstrated the feasibility of developing a novel low size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensor and associated signal processing algorithms to support the Navy’s needs for Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) measurement and data collection and we are ready to transition into Phase II.

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