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Optical Wave Guide Integrated Weather Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-10-P-0042
Agency Tracking Number: S101-006-0015
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM10-006
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-05-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-03
Small Business Information
Photonic Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ihor Berezhnyy
 Research Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the SOCOM need for live, day-and-night weather monitoring, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Optical-Wave-Guide–Integrated Weather Sensor (WAGIS). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes in-house–developed mature components and COTS components. The innovation in multispectral optical train design and implementation of POC’s proprietary volume phase grating (VPG) will enable the WAGIS to detect local weather parameters, offering real-time and high-accuracy data that directly address SOCOM requirements for weather monitoring. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of WAGIS with limited capability by developing a device that automatically detects and collects weather data and transmits these data to Military Command and Control (C2) elements. In Phase II, POC plans to optimize the design and to implement the features that allow secure and undetectable data transmissions and C2 network communication using common messaging formats, such as METAR. BENEFITS: Governmental, commercial, and nonprofit organizations will benefit from WAGIS by using it for weather forecasting and air pollution monitoring, air quality control, security, surveillance, process control in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and product inspection, intelligence gathering, climate change, public health, and more. Military applications of the WAGIS technology will include monitoring the local weather for better situation awareness as well as monitoring of local environment for bio-chemical and radiological hazards.

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