Radiosonde-Borne Cloud Assessment System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,991.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA48C
Agency Tracking Number:
053960
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1.02
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Innovative Dynamics, Inc.
2560 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850-9726
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
152761375
Principal Investigator
 Jack Edmonds
 Principal Investigator
 (607) 257-0533
 jedmonds@idiny.com
Business Contact
 Kumar Seetharam
Title: Business Official
Phone: (607) 257-0533
Email: ks@idiny.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Significant improvements in existing technologies for icing weather information systems are required to increase the level of safety for all aircraft flying in the atmospheric icing environment. Innovative Dynamics, Inc. proposes to develop a cloud properties sensor for providing warning of hazardous airborne icing conditions. The proposed innovation is a new capability for measuring cloud properties that would consist of a small expendable radiosonde-borne optical probe. This cloud property information is currently obtained by launching an aircraft or positioning a satellite to the desired location, which makes it difficult obtain this information economically. New low cost commercially available semiconductor lasers, developed for the fiber optic communication industry, allows this innovation to be possible. The sensor would measure liquid water content, mean drop size, and droplet phase using a low-power infrared laser based sensor system. These parameters would be used to identify certain cloud conditions that pose airborne icing hazards to aircraft. Current low cost expendable radiosondes provide altitude, location, temperature, and atmospheric pressure information, but not water content information that indicate aircraft icing potential. This cloud property information is crucial to aircraft operating at altitudes, as well as important in weather forecasting models. Phase I will develop the sensing technique for cloud icing potential. Phase II will integrate this technology with a current weather radiosonde for complete atmospheric profiling.

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