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A mobile Boundary Layer Radar Wind Profiler for Remote Measurements of Vertical Wind Shear

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 34501
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Philip Langois
 Principal Investigator
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
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Research Institution

This project will develop a mobile boundary layer radar wind profiler intended for rapid deployment in regions of severe storm activity. The goal of this research will be investigate the feasibility of developing a low cost, low maintenance, mobile instrument capable of profiling vertical and horizontal wind velocities in the lowest 3 km of the atmosphere. The system's mobility and quick setup time will allow operators to drive to a site and be operational in a few minutes. During Phase I, research will focus on vehicle selection, optimizing system parameters, and novel techniques for clutter reduction. Quadrant has recently developed software motion compensation techniques that can be used to automatically determine the position of the antenna beams. This technique eliminates the need for mechanical antenna leveling and alignment. A design for a mobile boundary layer wind profiler will be delivered at the conclusion of Phase I, and Quadrant Engineering will propose to build a mobile profiler system during Phase II.

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