Volcanic Ash Nephelometer Probe

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,949.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CA52C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
106040
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.09
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NY, Ithaca, NY, 14850-9726
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
152761375
Principal Investigator:
Jack Edmonds
Principal Investigator
(607) 257-0533
jedmonds@idiny.com
Business Contact:
Kumar Seetharam
Business Official
(607) 257-0533
ks@idiny.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Advanced dropsondes that could effectively be guided through atmospheric regions of interest such as volcanic plumes may enable unprecedented observations of important atmospheric phenomena. IDI proposes to develop a flight ready optical sensor to provide cloud properties and hazardous volcanic ash and icing information within commercial airspace. The probe will initially be developed for a dropsonde but eventually be integrated into the unmanned SCAN EAGLE UAV. The innovation is a new capability for making in-situ measurement of cloud particulates to improve pilot awareness of hazardous operating conditions, such as those recently experienced by aircraft engines operating near volcanic plumes in the North Atlantic near Iceland. .During a Phase I program IDI developed a miniature Nephelometer sensor prototype and demonstrated the ability to measure small ash and water particulates as well as provide discrimination between them. Phase II will integrate the Nephelometer and a commercial SO2 sensor into a radiosonde package for a tethered field test at the NASA Wallops test facility and finally deployed near an active volcano in central America. The probe packaging will designed such that it is upwardly compatible in size and weight with the SCAN EAGLE UAV payload as well as other payload recovery vehicles.

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