Advanced Radiometer For Cloud Liquid Water and Aircraft Icing Detection

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,919.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC06CA02C
Award Id:
72674
Agency Tracking Number:
041926
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2840 Wilderness Place, Unit G, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786293696
Principal Investigator:
f solheim
Principal Investigator
(303) 539-2312
solheim@radiometrics.com
Business Contact:
fredrick solheim
VP, R&D
(303) 539-2312
solheim@radiometrics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aircraft icing continues to be one of the major safety and operational concerns of the FAA, elements of the military, and the foreign military and civilian counterparts. Attempts to develop methods to directly detect aircraft icing meteorological conditions have met with mixed success. Combining ground-based microwave radiometers with radars has shown great promise, but deficiencies of the radiometers have limited their value. In our Phase I effort we have determined solutions to several technical challenges in the design of a narrow beam multi-waveband radiometer that is to operate in concert with weather radars. We have also calculated optimum eigenfrequencies for detection of aircraft icing conditions. In Phase II we will construct a turnkey fast sampling multifrequency profiling and dual polarization narrow beam radiometer system. In this radiometer system, all beams are collinear and match the antenna gain pattern of weather research radars. The radiometer will have the capability of profiling (ranging) water vapor along the beam as well as discriminate ice and water phase hydrometeors. We will also develop a fast beam steering system to operate in concert with the radar. The turnkey radiometer system and documentation are deliverables.

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