An Innovative Low-Cost Dropsonde Using Integrated Rolled Circuit Design

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-03-CN-0053
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-90
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
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
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Bauman
 Government Programs Mgr.
 (413) 863-0200
Business Contact
 Mark Beaubien
Title: General Manager
Phone: (413) 863-0200
Research Institution
Current dropsondes (and radiosondes for that matter) are manufactured, using process and materials nearly 20 years old. The standard dropsonde is 16 inches long by 2.25 inches in diameter, weighing about one pound. YES proposes to significantly reduce size and weight of the current sensor package through innovative design and manufacture techniques. YES¿s ongoing research into chilled mirror dew point sensors for radiosonde deployment has given it opportunity to perform some of this research already. We believe we can manufacture a dropsonde (not including the GPS function, more on this later) with less than 15 components, including sensors, by careful selection of existing components. We will demonstrate in this proposal via data sheets and a preliminary schematic the architecture of a dropsonde that fulfills the <15-component realization stated above.

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