Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Amount:
$95,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
WC-133R-13-CN-0085
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
13-011
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
9.4.2R,D,W
Solicitation Number:
NOAA-2013-1
Small Business Information
CA, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Kenan Ezal, Ph.D
Senior Scientist
(805) 968-6787
kezal@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop a mobile VHF-based sensor suite for detecting and mapping lightning flashes. The proposes Lightning Mapping Unmanned Sensor (LUTMUS)™ System will meet small unmanned aerial system (UAS) cost, size, weight, and power (C-SWAP) constraints and should be capable of being placed on virtually any small UAS. The most critical component of the LITMUS system us the VHF sensor design, which will be developed during the Phase I program. Initial performance estimates indicate that the LITMUS system with four geometrically diverse agents will be capable of geolocating intra-cloud (IC) flashes to less than 10-m spherical error probably (SEP), and will be able to map the entire flash sequence from beginning to end. In addition to the VHF sensor, the LITMUS system will comprise a video camera, GPS antenna and receiver, a communication system, and a mission control unit (MCU) for cross-correlating signals from multiple UASs. At the conclusion of the Phase I effort, Toyon will be ready for fabricating the Phase II design in preparation for a Phase II demonstration.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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