Magnetometer for Balloons and UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CF06P
Agency Tracking Number:
115169
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153579891
Principal Investigator:
David Hovde
Principal Investigator
(513) 272-1323
DCHOVDE@SWSCIENCES.COM
Business Contact:
Alan Stanton
President
(505) 984-1322
aastanton@swsciences.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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