LIGHTWEIGHT AUTONOMOUS DROPWINDSONDE SYSTEM FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$250,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14274
Agency Tracking Number:
14274
Solicitation Year:
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.o. Box 11998, Alexandria, VA, 22312
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. John Langford
President
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Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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Abstract
MUCH OF THE RESEARCH ON OUTSTANDING PROBLEMS IN METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATE DYNAMICS WOULD PROFIT GREATLY FROM THE AVAILABILITY OF INEXPENSIVE IN-SITU MEASUREMENTS OF THE ATMOSPHERE. THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH (NCAR) HAS DEVELOPED A FAMILY OF LIGHTWEIGHT DIGITAL DROPWINDSONDES, AND AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES HAS DEVELOPED A LOW-COST UNMANNED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AIRCRAFT (USRA) NAMED PERSEUS. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROPOSAL IS TO COMBINE THE LIGHTWEIGTH DIGITAL DROPWINDSONDE WITH THE USRA TO PRODUCE A FLEXIBLE, LOW-COST SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING IN-SITU ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENTS. DURING PHASE 1 WE PROPOSE TO FABRICATE A DISPENSER FOR THE NCAR LIGHTWEIGHT LORAN DIGITALDROPWINDSONDE (L2D2) AND INSTALL IT ON THE AURORA PERSEUS PROOF-OF-CONCEPT AIRCRAFT. PIGGYBACKING ON THE PERSEUS' ENGINEERING FLIGHT TESTS IN EARLY 1991, WE PROPOSE TO DEMONSTRATE THE CONCEPT OF THE USRA/DROPWINDSONDE CONCEPT BYDEPLOYING L2D2 UNITS (LEFT OVER FROM THE 1989 ERICA CAMPAIGN) FROM THE PERSEUS. THE RECEIVER AND DATA PROCESSING UNIT FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION WOULD BE GROUND BASED. DURING PHASE 2 WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A DEDICATED AIRBORNE DATA COLLECTION AND PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR USE ABOARD THE USRA.

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