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Affordable Microwave Salinity Sensor for Near-Shore Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-05-CN-1189
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 05-100
Amount: $74,859.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2005-1
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
107 Sunderland Road
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Goodberlet
 Sr. Microwave Engineer
 (413) 549-4402
Business Contact
 Ivan PopStefanija
Title: Vice President
Phone: (413) 549-4402
Email: popstefanija@prosensing
Research Institution

This Phase I SBIR proposal describes the development of a low-cost microwave salinity sensor specifically designed for single point sea surface salinity (SSS) measurements from a buoy, ship or ocean tower. Existing airborne L-band radiometers developed by our company and others have demonstrated the practicality of mapping SSS from airborne platforms. These complex radiometers employ multi-beam antennas with multiple receiver channels to create push-broom images of SSS with better than one second time resolution. Single point, coarse time resolution measurements from near-surface platforms can be accomplished with a much simpler instrument. Phase I research will focus on the design of a compact, single-beam antenna and integrated L-band radiometer module, and issues related to integration of the radiometer with the buoy¿s data system and with auxiliary sensors required for accurate SSS retrievals.

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