A BALLOON-BORNE SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$49,999.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
15015
Agency Tracking Number:
15015
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10610 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD, 21030
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert F Crabbs
Principal Investigator
(301) 785-6250
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
SOLAR FLARE PREDICTION IS A CRITICAL NEED FOR AIR FORCE SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS OPERATIONS. THE KEY TO FLARE PREDICTION IS IN THE HIGHLY STRUCTURED MAGNETIC FIELDS PRECEDING FLARE ERUPTION. THE PROPOSED INSTRUMENT WILL ACHIEVE HIGH-SPATIAL-RESOLUTION MEASUREMENT OF THESE FIELDS BY OPERATION FROM A STRATOSPHERIC BALLOON, ABOVE THE DISTORTING EFFECTS OF THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE. THE PROPOSED SBIR PHASE I RESEARCH WILL DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ACHIEVING THE OPTICAL, MECHANICAL, AND ELECTRO-OPTIC STABILITY REQUIREMENTS OF A SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH TAKING LONG TIME EXPOSURES FROM A BALLOON PLATFORM UNDER SOLAR ILLUMINATION. THE PROPOSED BALLOON-BORNE, HIGH-RESOLUTION SOLAR VECTOR MAGNETOGRAPH WILL SUPPORT THE DEVELOMENT OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORMATION OF FLARES WITH EXPERIMENTAL DATA FAR SUPERIOR TO ANY AVAILABLE FROM GROUND-BASED OBSERVATORIES. THE UNDERSTANDING WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FLARE PREDICTION CAPABILITY, WHICH IS NEEDED FOR THE PROTECTION OF SATELLITES, HUMANS IN SPACE, AND ELECTRICAL UTILITY DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS.

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