Surface-Borne Time-of-Reception Measurements (STORM)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10RA70P
Agency Tracking Number: 095499
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: A1.10
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Invocon, Inc.
19221 IH 45 South, Suite 530, Conroe, TX, 77385-8746
Duns: 782566418
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Doug Heermann
 Principal Investigator
 (281) 292-9903
 heermann@invocon.com
Business Contact
 Aaron Trott
Title: Business Official
Phone: (281) 292-9903
Email: atrott@invocon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Invocon proposes the Surface-borne Time-Of-Reception Measurements (STORM) system as a method to locate the position of lightning strikes on aerospace vehicles. Initially developed as a hypervelocity impact location system, the baseline technology lends itself to simple adaptation for lightning location. It uses Time-Of-Arrival (TOA) measurements of the charge wave front imparted on a structure to triangulate the location of lightning attachment. Additional capability can be added to the triggering circuitry that will characterize the lightning strike in order to increase situational awareness for flight crews and provide maintenance crews with information vital to determine the health of an aircraft. This is particularly important for new airframes manufactured from composite materials that have not be fully characterized over the full lifetime of the aircraft.

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