Volcanic Ash Detection Using Raman LIDAR: "VADER"

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$123,943.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CM19P
Agency Tracking Number:
124187
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
MI, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108-2285
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969868298
Principal Investigator:
Dominique Fourguette
VP for Research&Development
(734) 975-8777
dfourguette@michiganaerospace.com
Business Contact:
John Dodds
Business Development Coord.
(734) 975-8777
jdodds@michaero.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Volcanic ash is a significant hazard to aircraft engine and electronics and has caused damage to unwary aircraft and disrupted air travel for thousands of travelers, costing millions of dollars. Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) proposes to demonstrate the concept feasibility of a Raman Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system to obtain real-time information from volcanic ash clouds, to be named VADER (Volcanic Ash DEtection Raman LIDAR). The instrument will be designed to operate from an airborne platform, and as such, will be compact and light weight. This approach benefits from returning real-time measurements, in contrast to sampling methods (impactors) that require post-mission analysis. This project will utilize MAC's extensive heritage of rugged LIDAR system design and construction.

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