Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,965.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC07CA06C
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
Contracts Administrator
(607) 257-0533
ks@idiny.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Improvements in existing technologies for icing weather information systems are required to increase the level of safety for aircraft flying in the atmospheric icing environment. Icing forecasts cannot provide the needed accuracy at the present time. Under a NASA sponsored SBIR program, Innovative Dynamics, Inc. is developing a Radiosonde Cloud Assessment System (RCLASS) that measures liquid water content, drop size, and droplet phase using low-power infrared lasers. These parameters would be used to identify certain cloud conditions that pose airborne icing hazards to aircraft. The innovation is a new capability for measuring cloud properties that would consist of a small optical probe flown on an expendable weather balloon. Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of the IR-based approach. A series of tests were conducted in an environmental test chamber to demonstrate the overall detection capability. The proposed Phase II will continue development and calibration of the sensor package and integrate it into a commercially available balloonsonde system for evaluation testing in the atmosphere.

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