Inexpensive Airborne Expandable Ice Buoys (AXIB) Suitable for Marginal Ice Zone Deployment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0146
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 06-24
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.8
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2006-1
Small Business Information
973 North Road, Groton, CT, 06340
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Legnos
 (860) 446-8058
Business Contact
 Peter Legnos
Title: President
Phone: (860) 446-8058
Research Institution
The proposed solution provides a low-cost practical air-droppable package for existing polar ice meteorological sensor systems. The buoy package will be configured for deployment from a fixed wing aircraft. Descent is stabilized and slowed by a parachute deployed after launch, and designed for a descent rate of 20 ft/s or less. When deployed on the ice, the buoy will erect to the vertical for operation. The erection and anchoring system consists of four erector legs and an anchoring screw. An integrated commercially available sensor and communication package utilizing a commercial Argos platform transmitter terminal will interface with a GPS receiver, barometric pressure, air temperature and an ice/water thermistor using NMEA standard interfaces. The PPT will provide hourly data transmission through the Argos satellite network. LBI, Inc. provides complete development and production capabilities thereby ensuring a least-cost solution.

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