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Commercial Solutions for Weather Forecasting

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-19-P-0606
Agency Tracking Number: F182-001-0460
Amount: $49,837.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-001
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-14
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 805473951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Dillon
 (302) 456-9003
 dillon@phasesensitiveinc.com
Business Contact
 Renee' Willis-Williams
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: willis-williams@phasesensitiveinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Accurate and timely weather information for situational awareness is critical to the success of Air Force missions.To date, space-borne sensors for weather forecasting primarily include visible, infrared, and microwave instruments.While visible and infrared sensors have reached a high level of maturity and performance, those operating in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum continue to suffer limitations in spectral and spatial resolution.This situation is due in part to the long wavelengths of microwave and millimeter wave signals, thus necessitating large apertures for high spatial resolution that are difficult to deploy on space-borne platforms.Nonetheless, sky brightness temperature measurements at microwave frequencies remain the primary input to numerical weather prediction algorithms for weather forecasting.As such, we propose a new class of high performance microwave radiometers that leverage the burgeoning field of microwave photonics to enhance capability.Receivers based on this technology can employ coherent distributed apertures to realize large effective aperture sizes, and hence high resolution, while also offering low-loss, broadband operation with simple optical back-end processing using dispersive elements to achieve hyperspectral operation.Such instruments will provide the Air Force with unprecedented weather forecasting capabilities to ensure mission success.

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