Reducing Impact of Severe Space Weather on Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellite Users

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Amount:
$400,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
WC-133R-13-CN-0109
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12-2-048
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.4.4W
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100, Marietta, GA, 30066-6032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
149785201
Principal Investigator:
BonnieValant-Spaight
Head of Atmospheric Physics Division
(678) 384-3418
bonnie.valant-spaight@pra-corp.com
Business Contact:
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase II, Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) proposes to complete the development of a real-time nowcast of ionospheric scintillation impacts on GPS users. Continuing its partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, PRA will implement real-time production of a map of ionospheric scintillation parameters over the United States using real-time data streamed from the National Geodetic Survey’s CORS network. PRA will mature the user experience model of scintillation impacts developed in Phase I and produce it in real time. PRA will then implement a web-based specification product to communicate the scintillation impacts in a format that is both easily understood and allows the user to access as much or as little detail about the impacts as he or she desires. PRA will also study the feasibility of 1) using an expanded set of real-time GPS data to enlarge the nowcast to areas outside the United States and 2) forecasting scintillation effects using existing NOAA SWPC nowcast and forecast products.

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