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Ocean Color and Cloud Monitor (OCCAM)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA21OAR0210104
Agency Tracking Number: 2926570
Amount: $399,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.6.01
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2020-2006595
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-30
Small Business Information
282 Century Place, Ste 1000
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
DUNS: 601975803
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick McBride
 Sr. Scientist
 (303) 993-8039
Business Contact
 Rachel Hauser
Title: Director, BD
Phone: (303) 993-8039
Research Institution

The Ocean Color and Cloud Monitor (OCCaM) is a hyperspectral based instrument suite with ocean color and cloud observational capabilities. Following the successful Phase I SBIR design period, the Phase II effort will focus on the integration of the Phase I design into a benchtop unit for testing and validation of the design concept. The payload was designed to meet the SWaP requirements of a commercially available 12U CubeSat bus. This Phase II effort will assemble a benchtop unit to determine the functionality of the Phase I design. The design will be assembled and integrated with the 12U form factor in mind, but space qualifying the unit will be part of future efforts. Commercial data products from OCCaM will provide data for weather and meteorology disciplines, agriculture and forestry, and commercial fishing to name a few. Additionally, using the selected thermal infrared channels,
volcanic ash monitoring will also be possible which impacts the health of safety and the operations of the airline industry. As OCCaM matures, deploying this system alongside ASTRA’s bathymetric lidar system will allow for data fusion techniques that will provide both ocean color and underwater structure.

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