Star Background Model enabled by the VAO

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,929.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-12-C-7918
Agency Tracking Number:
B112-032-0488
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA11-032
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Carr Astronautics Corporation
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 333, Greenbelt, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806619685
Principal Investigator:
James Herald
Scientist
(443) 286-8834
jherald@carrastro.com
Business Contact:
James Carr
President
(301) 220-7350
jcarr@carrastro.com
Research Institution:
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Abstract
The most up-to-date measurements of astronomical sources are accessible through the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO), which is constantly fed by ongoing modern sky surveys while also having access to older static catalogs. We propose to produce a software package that will leverage the ever expanding and improving data accessible through the VAO to aid in cataloging and classifying astronomical sources to create the integrated database called for in the topic. Implementing the package as a front-end that interfaces with the VAO will ensure these classifications are based on the most recent and best measurements available. Then, based on those classifications, the package will assign an appropriate synthetic model of the UV-IR Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) for the stellar sources. Another innovation is that the proposed system will use SEDs from the ATLAS stellar atmosphere models, which provide more realistic representations of the stellar flux than black-body models.

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