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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-0583
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-008-0161
Amount: $1,499,533.00
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): 2019-02-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-15
Small Business Information
1341 South Sunkist Street
Anaheim, CA 92806
United States
DUNS: 801256199
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jim F Riker
 Senior Scientist
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn A. Tyler
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Research Institution
 University of New Mexico
 Alyssa Pierce Alyssa Pierce
1700 Lomas NE, Suite 2200
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

 (505) 277-2828
 Nonprofit College or University

In this effort, tOSC and the University of New Mexico COSMIAC (Configurable Space Microsystems Innovation Applications Center) will combine to generate a Target-in-the-Loop (TIL) system concept that can simultaneously measure the strength of atmospheric turbulence and scintillation, as well as the refractivity occurring at the measurement time. For this system concept, we will leverage existing tOSC hardware that characterizes atmospheric turbulence passively, but we will greatly expand the capability to use the desired active approach and to include refractivity measurements using multiple wavelengths. In order to keep costs manageable, we expect to use low-earth orbit (LEO) retro-reflector equipped satellites so that we can get adequate signal to noise ratio (SNR) with a relatively inexpensive laser. The result should be a highly-portable, highly-capable atmospheric measurement system that can be used in concert with other USAF systems to produce the atmospheric characterization simultaneously with observations of targets of interest.

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