Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CF06P
Agency Tracking Number: 115169
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, -
DUNS: 153579891
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Hovde
 Principal Investigator
 (513) 272-1323
 DCHOVDE@SWSCIENCES.COM
Business Contact
 Alan Stanton
Title: President
Phone: (505) 984-1322
Email: aastanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
This Phase I SBIR project will investigate a new, low-cost approach to atomic magnetometry that is suited for operation from UAVs and research balloons. Atomic magnetometers have been available for decades, but they remain expensive and relatively power-hungry, restricting their use to a small range of platforms. The proposed approach should result in a magnetometer selling at a cost point significantly below that of conventional atomic magnetometers that can be deployed on UAVs and stratospheric balloons. The Phase II research will involve constructing a prototype and flying it on a research balloon or UAV to study phenomena such as Electro-Magnetic Ion Cyclotron waves in the magnetosphere at altitudes of Data from these platforms will fill a scientific niche, as the Earth's field is undersampled at the spatial wavelengths of 30-100 km associated with stratospheric flight.

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