CHARACTERIZATION OF HAIL BY ACOUSTIC PROFILE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7611
Amount: $162,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Energy Optics, Inc.
P.o. Box 15052, 224 North Campo Street, Las Cruces, NM, 88004
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Title: VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING
Phone: (505) 523-4561
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROGRAM IS ORGANIZED TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF AN ACOUSTIC APPROACH TO AUTONOMOUS DETECTION, IDENTIFICATIONAND MEASUREMENT OF HAIL. THE SENSOR, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO DISCRIMINATE HAIL FROM RAIN AND OTHER FORMS OF PRECIPITATIONIS CONFIGURED IN A SMALL, ALL SOLID STATE UNIT WITH NO MOVING PARTS. LOW COST, LOW POWER CONSUMPTION AND HIGH RELIABILITY ARE ALL IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE APPROACH WHICH POINT TOWARD WIDESCALE IMPLEMENTATION AT REMOTE LOCATIONS. THE DESIGN, WHICH IS LABELED, "CHARACTERIZATION OF HAIL BY ACOUSTIC PROFILE" (CHAP), IS BASED ON A SINGLE-CHIP MICROCOMPUTER FOR EASE OF INTERFACINGWITH EXTERNAL SYSTEMS. THE IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES ARE TO DETERMINE SYSTEM REQUIRE- MENTS AND TO DEVELOP CHAP HARDWARE TO SUPPORT CONCLUSIVE FEASIBILITY DEMONSTRATIONS. PHASE I WORK IS ORGANIZED TO SUPPORT ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT OF FIELD HARDWARE IN PHASE II THE POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATION AS DESCRIBED BY THE AWARDEE: LOW UNIT COST IN HAIL CHARACTERIZATION IS EXPECTED TO OPEN THE DOOR TO BROADSCALE USE BY FEDERAL AGENCIES SUCH AS DOC, DOT AND FAA AND METEOROLOGICAL EN- TITIES. RELATED TECHNOLOGY IS EXPECTED TO FIND APPLICATION IN BALLISTICS TESTING AND IN SPACECRAFT FOR SENSING THE IMPACT OF PARTICULATES.

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