Compact LIDAR for Aerosol Extinction Profiling from Small UAV's

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,990.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CP24P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
124597
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MA, Andover, MA, 01810-1077
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
DavidSonnenfroh
Principal Investigator
(978) 689-0003
sonnenfroh@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B. DavidGreen
President and CEO
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
It is increasingly recognized that the Arctic is a bellwether for climate change. As the Arctic region responds to climate forcings, monitoring how aerosol distributions respond and modify their impact on radiative transfer will become increasingly important in refining climate models and predictions. NASA, along with other agencies, has launched several programs such as ARCTAS to increase observations of the region and incorporate findings into large scale climate models. In order to supplement satellite observations and given the difficulty of ground-based observations in the Arctic, instrumented Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) represent one means to efficiently monitor large areas. Measurement of the vertical profile of atmospheric aerosol optical properties can provide new data crucial to understanding climate change in the Arctic. New instrumentation is required to enable routine, widespread measurements with good precision from unmanned aircraft. These new observations will have important implications for global climate change modeling and, ultimately, international energy policy making. In the Phase I program, we will develop a complete conceptual design for a flight-worthy, compact, eye safe lidar that will enable vertical profiling of aerosol optical extinction and scattering and that will be deployable on a compact unmanned aircraft system like the SIERRA or ScanEagle. In the Phase II program, we will fabricate, test, and field demonstrate a prototype sensor.

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