Smart Low Altitude Platform for Atmospheric Measurements from a Research Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00244-03-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number:
N012-0346
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Zivko Aeronautics, Inc.
502 Airport Road Hangar 11, Guthrie, OK, 73044
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
145328589
Principal Investigator:
Christopher Morse
Chief Engineer
(405) 282-1330
morse@zivko.com
Business Contact:
William Zivko
President
(405) 282-1330
bill@zivko.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"The Phase I effort has shown that, through the combination of existing COTS technology and some novel systems, it is fully feasible to produce a tow behind vehicle capable of maintaining a set height above the ocean for the purposes of atmospheric fluxmeasurement. The Phase I design indicates that the system will be capable of meeting all the project requirements in a timely and cost effective manner. The phase II effort will see the fabrication, testing and operation of a fully functional prototypedesign.The proposed system design consists of a small towed pod approximately 5 feet in length and 7" in diameter, connected to a tow cable whose length is controlled by a reeling system installed inside the main research vessel (leaving wing store pylons freefor other instrumentation). Data communications with the tow vehicle can utilize a fiber optic connection (Preferred) or an RF radio link (Optional) in order to easily integrate with the existing main research vessel's data network.After successful field trials under phase II, several opportunities for commercialization of the project exist, including military applications and multi-level atmospheric sampling.BENEFITS: The towed atmospheric measurement system developed in the Phase II effort will immediately benefit the CIRPAS Twin Otter platform by providing for low level sampling of atmospheric flux. This increase in capability will enhance the utility ofthe platform and increase

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