Cloud Liquid Water Content Sensor for Radiosondes

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,950.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CD74P
Agency Tracking Number:
105591
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
MT, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6081
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118024608
Principal Investigator:
John Bognar
Principal Investigator
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact:
John Bognar
Business Official
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Icing is one of the most significant hazards to aircraft. There is still much research to be completed with regard to developing remote-sensing technologies for accurately identifying where icing conditions exist in clouds. There is a need to provide in-situ measurements of cloud liquid water content to validate the remote measurements.Anasphere, Inc. proposes to develop a modernized version of the classic vibrating wire cloud liquid water content sensor. This modernized version will apply updated technology to the measurement, and more importantly will add a droplet sizing capability that the original versions of these sensors lacked. It will be designed to be compatible with a wide variety of radiosondes.Phase I will see the development and laboratory testing of the improved probe, its incorporation into a droplet sizing system, and finally actual test flights into clouds. Phase II work will involve developing more precise calibration methods, improving manufacturability, and extensive test flights.

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