Automated Sonde Launching System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$300,000.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DG133R-03-CN-0072
Award Id:
57229
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-04
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
101 Industrial Blvd., Turner Falls, MA, 01376
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
William Bauman
Government Programs Mgr.
(413) 863-0200
whb@yesinc.com
Business Contact:
Mark Beaubien
General Manager
(413) 863-0200
mcb@yesinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Upper atmospheric measurements of temperature, humidity and winds are required daily at hundreds of locations around the world. These critical measurements are primarily made by radiosondes carried aloft by balloons filled with helium and tracked by ground stations. Currently, the process of radiosonde setup and launch is performed manually by trained human operators, and no mechanism exists to auto-calibrate radiosondes just prior to launch. Typically, NWS radiosonde preparation facilities are ¿High Bay¿ inflation buildings approximately 6.7 meters (22 ft) high with a 4.3 meter (14 ft) length. While there is a commercially available automated radiosonde launch system (manufactured outside the U.S.) at $400,000, this system is impractical for most programs, due to cost and size, and because it¿s only compatible with the vendor¿s proprietary radiosondes. We propose to produce two automated radiosonde launchers. The mobile version would have dimensions approximately 2.5 meters (8 ft) long, 2.0 meters (6.5 ft) wide, and 2.6 meters (8 ft) high and could be mounted on a trailer for mobility. The portable version would be small and light enough for two people to easily handle and transport in a small truck or SUV.

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