Low-Cost Portable Lidar Wind Profiler

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A043-072-1487
Amount: $117,628.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-072
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO, 80027
DUNS: 149375479
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Shald
 Research Scientist II
 (303) 604-2000
Business Contact
 Timothy Carrig
Title: R&D Director
Phone: (303) 604-2000
Email: tim.carrig@ctilidar.com
Research Institution
The Army requires accurate sensing of low-level winds in order to accurately predict the dispersion of chemical or biological agents. Currently, towers equipped with multiple in-situ sensors are used for this measurement, but such towers are expensive and difficult to move, and it may not be possible to erect them in urban areas. Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI) proposes to solve this problem with a ground based, remote sensing, eye-safe wind lidar, providing 3D range-resolved wind measurements with accuracy and update time matching in-situ sensors. The sensor provides 10 m range resolution at 10 Hz from 10 m up to at least 100 m range, with component wind accuracy on the 10 cm/s level. The proposed sensor draws from CTI's extensive experience in remote wind sensing, providing a compact, mobile, inexpensive, low-risk solution. The Phase I effort will analyze potential sensor configurations and identify the optimal approach, based upon cost, complexity, and performance. The culmination of the Phase I effort will be a preliminary sensor design. The Phase II effort will develop, test, and demonstrate the prototype sensor based upon the Phase I design.

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