AIRBORNE WEATHER RADAR FOR WINDSHEAR WARNING

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$49,874.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
5171
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sierra Nevada Corpon
4900 Energy Way, Reno, NV, 89502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 () -
Business Contact
 John P. Chisholm
Title: Investigator
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
NUMEROUS AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS HAVE OCCURED DURING TAKEOFF AND LANDING DUE TO THE STRONG AND UNEXPECTED WINDS DIVERGING FROM A MICROBURST OUTFLOW. EXTENSIVE RESEARCH HAS INDICATEDTHAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DETECT SUCH WINDS BY MEANS OF A DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR. A LOGICAL RADAR CANDIDATE IS THE UNIT CARRIED BY ALL AIR TRANSPORTS. A PROBLEM WITH THE USE OF SUCH INSTALLED RADARS IS THEIR LOWPRF (PULSE REPETITION RATE) AND THE ASSOCIATED ALIASING ASSOCIATED WITH A DIRECT MEASUREMENT OF WIND VELOCITY. AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THIS PROBLEM IS TO MEASURE THE WIND VELOCITY GRADIENT, WHICH MEASUREMENT CAN UTILIZE A MUCH LOWER PRF (TEN TO ONE), SPECIFICALLY THE PRF EMPLOYED BY SUCH INSTALLED RADARS. IT IS INTENDED TO VERIFY THIS CONCEPT VIA ANALYSIS OF EXISTING WINDSHEAR WEATHER RADAR DATA. THIS VERIFICATION WOULD THEN POTENTIALLY PERMIT INSTALLED WEATHER RADARS, WITH AN AFFORDABLE ATTACHED DOPPLER PROCESSOR TO PROVIDE A WINDSHEAR WARNING. A PHASE II EFFORT WOULD FABRICATE SUCH A COMPLETE WARNING SYSTEM FORFIELD TESTING.

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