Multifunction, EO Meteorological Probes with Inherent Cross-Platform Capabilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0185
Agency Tracking Number: N054-028-0451
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T028
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
YANKEE ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC.
101 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls, MA, 01376
DUNS: 621127018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Beaubien
 President
 (413) 863-0200
 mcb@yesinc.com
Business Contact
 Nancy Turgeon
Title: Finance
Phone: (413) 863-0200
Email: nlt@yesinc.com
Research Institution
 VIRGINIA TECH
 Carvel Holton
 Fiber&Electro-Optics Research , 106 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA, 24061
 (540) 231-8402
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Navy's need for innovative sensors and measurement techniques to obtain Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) variables exists in an environment of strongly interdependent operational, tactical, modeling and forecast requirements, particularly as applied to the operationally critical lower atmosphere. Conversations with Naval meteorology professionals reveal that METOC data instruments, acquisition and flow must support minimal critical operational imperatives (i.e. conditions, forecast, validation) as a first priority. However, operational imperatives are in turn dependent on large scale, model/forecast validation from the operational assets with sufficient data to offset the small footprint of the operational asset. At the same time, multi-function capability and cross-platform flexibility (e.g. sea, air, land assets) are strongly desired in instruments for support and expansion of the bi-directional data flow between model, forecast and operational commands. Indeed, the ability to use the same instrument for profiling the atmospheric boundary layer from a surface platform or the immediate regions of the air-sea interface from an air asset greatly expands the significance of any instrument. This proposal describes a compact, low cost electro-optical instrument suite that can address measuring several key meteorological parameters simultaneously.

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