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Development of the Low-Altitude Maritime SurveySampling (LAMSS) System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-18-CN-0068
Agency Tracking Number: 17-2-067
Amount: $399,983.74
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.8
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-28
Small Business Information
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Alexandria, VA 22315
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Gauthier
 Chief Scientist
 (321) 431-6408
Business Contact
 Mary Lockhart
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (571) 235-8226
Research Institution

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: In this Phase II effort, PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations (PEMDAS), in collaboration with subcontractor Aerovel, Inc., proposes to fully develop a prototype Low-Altitude Maritime SurveySampling (LAMSS) System using the technologies identified and knowledge gained during our Phase I effort. The proposed innovation will deliver the necessary capabilities for electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) and full motion video (FMV) maritime surveys while leveraging an onboard Automatic Identification System (AIS); the LAMSS system will also simultaneously collect planetary boundary layer (PBL) observations, better enabling monitoring of the planet’s air and water resources in remote maritime locations, and measurement of its boundary layer more safely and with greater effectiveness. As outlined in the proposal, the technical challenges associated with this Phase II effort primarily surround: (1) the identification of a viable Air Quality (AQ) sensor capable of meeting the operational requirements detailed in the subtopic description; (2) formal evaluation and downselect of the final algorithm to be used for derivation of wind speed and direction; and (3) the integration of downselected technologies and algorithms into a single (LAMSS) system to deliver a multi-mission, transdisciplinary unmanned aerial prototype, capable of fulfilling NOAA’s requirement to survey, map and collect on our nation’s natural ecosystems.SUMMARY OF ANTICIPATED RESULTS: The outcome of this Phase II effort will be a functional prototype of the LAMSS System capable of meeting NOAA’s operational requirements, and ready for commercialization (Phase III).

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