Dropsonde System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,573.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA14C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
095748
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.09
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MT, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6081
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118024608
Principal Investigator:
JohnBognar
Principal Investigator
(406) 406-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact:
JohnBognar
Business Official
(406) 406-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
A small, modular dropsonde launcher is being developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Some critical measurement needs can only be satisfied by in-situ measurements. Key examples of such measurements include detailed atmospheric profiles, point meteorological conditions on the surface, and in-situ measurements for calibration and validation of remote sensing systems.Phase I work saw the design and fabrication of a new type of dropsonde with a novel form factor and the associated launcher. The system was installed in a representative UAV nose. System components were successfully tested.Phase II will involve finalizing the launcher and dropsonde designs, developing the associated control and data handling system, building and testing the integrated system, and finally conducting test flights on a UAV.The ultimate result of the project will be a dropsonde system that can be fitted to many NASA UAVs, including small UAVs, and enable them to gather in-situ atmospheric profiles and surface measurements using dropsondes.The Phase II entry TRL is 5; the expected exit TRL is 8.

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