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Atmospheric Characterization for Directed Energy Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7343
Agency Tracking Number: B122-017-0360
Amount: $149,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-017
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-01-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-29
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE Suite 150
Albuquerque, NM -
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Whiteley
 Vice President
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert Praus, II
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

MZA partnered with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) propose the development of an integrated satellite-derived numerical weather prediction (NWP) modeling and optical sensor measurements technique to provide comprehensive atmospheric characterization for modeling of directed energy (DE) weapon performance. We will build on an existing technique for temperature and wind modeling using satellite atmospheric sounder data and apply advanced processing to obtain optical turbulence strength, Cn2. We will also develop path-weighted turbulence measurement techniques using existing sensors on DE aircraft platforms. These two sources of data will be brought together into a single characterization of an atmospheric volume, allowing errors in the NWP-derived turbulence strength to be compensated by the on-board optical measurements. The resulting atmospheric characterization in altitude and over a geographic region will be used with AFIT"s LEEDR code and MDA"s SHaRE/SCALE system performance modeling codes to prototype an atmospheric decision assistance tool. The processing methods will be developed during Phase I Base period and the prototype tool software will be developed during the Phase I Option period. Dr. Matthew Whiteley will be Principal Investigator for MZA and Dr. Steve Fiorino will be the Meteorology/NWP Expert for AFIT.

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