Balloon-Based Disturbance Measurements in the Upper Atmosphere

Balloon-Based Disturbance Measurements in the Upper Atmosphere

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-18-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T02-0069
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT02
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Small Business Information
1100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA, 23666
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 (757) 325-6713
 arun@taosystem.com
Business Contact
 Arun Mangalam
Phone: (757) 325-6713
Email: arun@taosystem.com
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Jamila Rattler
 3112 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD, 20742-5141
 (301) 405-0530
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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.

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