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Development of a Functional Balloon-borne GNSS-RO System Prototype

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M219CNRMW0015
Agency Tracking Number: 18-2-058
Amount: $399,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.1
Solicitation Number: NOAA2018-2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-23
Small Business Information
140 Skylonda Dr
Woodside, CA 94062
United States
DUNS: 080477148
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Chan
 (314) 630-0191
Business Contact
 Bryan  Chan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (314) 630-0191
Research Institution

The SBIR Phase II proposal outlines the approach of Night Crew Labs (NCL) in designing, and developing, and testing a system prototype to perform Global Navigation Satellite System radio occultations (GNSS-ROs) from a high-altitude balloon platform. NCL will continue building from the positive results achieved in Phase I that successfully demonstrated the feasibility of performing balloon-borne GNSS-RO.
Significant effort will be placed in: a) developing a long-duration high-altitude balloon system to accommodate GNSS-RO scientific missions, and b) readying a GNSS-RO prototype for a long duration balloon flight to collect relevant data.
After collecting GNSS-RO sounding measurements on these test flights, data products such as bending angle, refractivity, and atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles will be retrieved using RO retrieval software specifically developed for balloon applications. These balloon-borne RO data products will be assessed for accuracy and validity by comparing them to well-established data sources.

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