Omni-Directional Cloud Height Indicator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 37758
Amount: $49,919.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1100 Alakea Street, 31st Floor, Honolulu, HI, 96813
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert W. Deuel
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Business Contact
Phone: (808) 531-3017
Research Institution
The proposed research will develop the specifications and design of a ceilometer capable of scanning in three dimensions to detect clouds within a range of 75,000 feet (about 15 miles). The final design will be based upon the Vaisala CT-75k ceilometer which has a nominal range of 75,000 feet. As a proof-of- concept, the proposed research effort will use the Vaisala CT-25k (which has a nominal range of 25,000 feet) in a series of demonstration tests on the island of Maui of the State of Hawaii. The field tests would involve operation of the ceilometer on a scan and tilt platform to probe the atmosphere in a hemisphere above the ground plane. The cloud height (or range) data from the laser backscatter will be analyzed and processed by a computer to convert range and angle measurements into a three dimensional plot of clouds within the probed volume. This particular ceilometer, CT-25k, is planned for deployment on Maui at the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS) during the summer of 1997 under the auspices of a U.S. Air Force Phillips Laboratory SBIR entitles "Remote Automated Atmospheric Monitoring and Prediction System (RAAMPS)." The RAAMPS program will be using the ceilometer on a scan and tilt platform to detect low clouds and fog near the horizontal plane. Thus, the demonstration tests can be performed with very little additional effort under a cooperative agreement with the RAAMPS SBIR sponsor, the Air Force Phillips Laboratory.

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