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Balloon-Based Disturbance Measurements in the Upper Atmosphere

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-17-P-0004
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T02-0069
Amount: $149,981.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT02
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-04-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-31
Small Business Information
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666
United States
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 (757) 325-6713
Business Contact
 Arun Mangalam
Phone: (757) 325-6713
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Jamila Rattler
 (301) 405-0530
 Nonprofit College or University

For prediction of hypersonic aerothermodynamics, knowledge of the relevant disturbance levels is required to determine transition locations in flight at the altitudes of interest. Tao Systems and University of Maryland (UMD) propose to develop a flight platform and measurement system capable of acquiring pressure, temperature, density, velocity fluctuations, and particulates using a miniaturized, high-sensitivity, wide-bandwidth sensor and instrumentation system operating at altitudes above 100 kft. As a result, Air Force will have a flight platform to cost-effectively obtain high-quality flow data in the upper atmosphere as input conditions for flow physics models to more accurately predict in-flight turbulence characteristics.

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