Low-Cost Atmospheric Turbulence Measurement Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0138
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-34
Amount: $74,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.1
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2004-1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 909, Tillamook, OR, 97141
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Koh Murai
 Engineering Manager
 (503) 842-1990
Business Contact
 Kristen Lachenmeier
Title: CFO
Phone: (503) 842-1990
Email: lkris@gsslinc.com
Research Institution
Current turbulence measurements are limited to pilot reports and measurements along a specific vertical or horizontal trajectory. Aside from the high cost, these methods do not provide information on turbulence patches, their size or persistence. This proposal combines emerging sensor instrumentation with new balloon technology to produce a balloon-borne, low cost Atmospheric Turbulence Measurement Platform. This system can economically facilitate data gathering in the scale of 1 ¿ 50 km, which is important to flight operations as well as numerical weather prediction models. The project objectives include definition of a feasibility study of inferring turbulence from balloon motions and evaluation of different types of balloon construction and sensor combinations. In Phase I, the feasibility study parameters and candidates for balloons and sensors will be identified. In Phase II the study would be completed and a prototype system built. Application for this ATBF would be to current FAA efforts, large disaster models, dispersion and plume studies, and Homeland Security planning efforts.

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