A Dropsonde Glider with Adaptive Trajectory Planning

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CF07P
Agency Tracking Number: 115457
Amount: $124,845.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: S3.08
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
VA, Charlottesville, VA, 22901-2559
Duns: 120839477
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Neal
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 973-1215
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Title: General Manager
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@bainet.com
Research Institution
Dropsondes are one of the primary atmospheric measurement tools available to researchers. Current dropsondes are deployed with a free fall parachute trajectory, allowing no flight path control and requiring the deployment aircraft to fly close to the target. Adding a guided range capability to the dropsonde will allow much greater mission flexibility and operation in hazardous environments such as volcanic plumes. Barron Associates, Inc. will accomplish this through a scaled down version of a glide-kit harness currently being developed for use with sonobuoys. In addition, a suite of trajectory generation algorithms will be developed to facilitate controlled flight through areas of interest, along with the guidance and control routines to track the desired trajectory. The solution will be compatible with all existing dispensing systems, including the P-3 and the Global Hawk, and will address airspace utilization, materials and manufacturing concerns and cost. The Phase I effort will include prototype manufacture and piloted flight tests.

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