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Unified sensor for atmospheric turbulence and refractivity characterization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-19-C-0505
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-008-0034
Amount: $1,499,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T008
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-08
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE Suite 150
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew R Whiteley
 Vice President
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert W. Praus II
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution
 Michigan Technological University
 Mr. Michael C. Roggemann Mr. Michael C. Roggemann
121 EERC Building, 1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
United States

 (906) 487-2164
 Nonprofit College or University

MZA partnered with the Michigan Technological University (MTU) proposes development and testing of key components for our unified Atmospheric Refractivity and Turbulence Sensor (ARTS.) Software upgrades will be made to MZA’s DELTA-Sky sensor to enable atmospheric refraction measurements in addition to existing turbulence profiling. The illuminator assembly to implement the ARTS probe laser variations required for target-in-the-loop refraction and turbulence measurements will be designed, integrated, and tested in the laboratory using hardware emulation of turbulence and refraction for ground-to-space propagation paths. Multi-frame blind deconvolution (MFBD) image processing codes operating in real-time will be transitioned to enhance turbulence and refraction measurements with our existing turbulence sensors. The utility of real-time MFBD to turbulence and refraction measurements will be quantified in strong turbulence conditions. These advancements will undergo comprehensive field testing. Enhanced DELTA-Sky capability will be tested in extended ground-to-space observations to gather statistics of turbulence and refraction states compared to volumetric atmospheric modeling. We will make point-to-point measurements of turbulence and refraction on paths less than 10 km using our existing Path-Resolved Optical Profiling System (PROPS). MTU field tests with the ARTS illuminator will quantify refraction and turbulence measurements through validation with MZA’s existing turbulence sensors.

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