Sensitive Measurement of Water Vapor from Commercial Aviation Platforms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Amount:
$50,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1997
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
37756
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite, E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 David C. Hovde
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Business Contact
Phone: (513) 272-1323
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Commercial aviation offers a low cost platform from which to make extensive humidity measurements, provided the instrumentation can run autonomously and endure the rigorous flight schedules. Advances in state of the art diode laser gas sensing technology make possible compact, fully automated, self-calibrating instrumentation with the sensitivity needed to measure humidity levels throughout the troposphere. This Phase 1 SBIR will investigate the feasibility of integrating diode laser water measurement technology into a package for commercial air carriers. The study will provide: 1) a design specification for meeting packaging requirements; 2) anticipated performance of such an instrument; 3) a method for validating the data by comparison to other humidity measurements; and 4) an output data structure that facilitates the use of the humidity data sets by all members of the atmospheric research community.

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