Meteor Detection and UV Spectral Analysis System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,778.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2001
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
NASASTTR-01-9
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc.
7 Deer Park Drive, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 John Lowrance
 (732) 274-0774
Business Contact
 John Lowrance
Title: President
Phone: (732) 274-0774
Email: lowrance@prinsci.com
Research Institution
 Naval Research Laboratory
 Herbert Gursky
 4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, DC, 20375
 (202) 767-6343
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The elemental composition of meteors is one of the keys to understanding their origin and in turn the evolution of the solar system. Spectroscopic measurement of the emission spectra of meteors as they are heated by entry into the Earth's atmosphere can yield this information. An objective-grating spectrograph instrument payload designed to capture the ultraviolet emission spectra of meteors is proposed. This Shuttle payload will detect and record randomly occurring transient upper atmosphere phenomena such as meteors and upper atmospheric lightning. In this Phase I effort, Princeton Scientific Instruments and the Naval Research Laboratory will address optical, thermal and mechanical design issues related to a Schmidt telescope and high frame rate CCD camera in an earth-viewing Shuttle Hitchhiker payload. It should be noted that high speed, real time, image analysis is of broad interest with applications such as missile guidance and cell morphology in biological image data reduction and image analysis. ~000038 ~

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