An Autonomous Wireless Instrumentation Network for Antarctic Research

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,858.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNG04CB10C
Award Id:
61767
Agency Tracking Number:
020036
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1690 38th St., Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147280127
Principal Investigator:
Dennis Fatland
Principal Investigator
(303) 583-0219
fatland@vexcel.com
Business Contact:
Paul Bodnar
VP Finance and Administration
(303) 583-0225
bodnar@vexcel.com
Research Institute:
Pennsylvania State University
Sue Lavan
442 Deike Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802
(814) 863-8724
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The innovation of this project is to bring the power and flexibility of a wireless computer network to harsh-environment fieldwork. By integrating a small computer with GPS and a multi-channel digitizer we have created a network node which is low cost, low power, adaptable to practically any electronic instrumentation, and capable of storing large volumes of data over long field deployments. The node's wireless capability permits data sharing (redundancy) and cost-saving data retrieval via telemetry. During Phase I we exceeded our research objectives by building and testing a working prototype and in consequence have enlisted the interest and enthusiasm of a host of Geophysicists for a variety of experiments. Our baseline test plan in Phase II is a seismic experiment on Whillans icestream, West Antarctica, now supplemented by additional potential research projects. These include ice dynamics surveys on coastal outlet glaciers in Greenland, seismic monitoring of Alaskan tidewater glacier calving, bat research in Southeast Alaska, and bistatic radar sounding experiments on Antarctic ice sheets. These wireless networks are built on the open source paradigm based in our cultural enthusiasm for what we can accomplish as explorers; they will facilitate the next generation of scientific fieldwork on earth and beyond.

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