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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,991.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10RA70P
Award Id:
95616
Agency Tracking Number:
095499
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
19221 IH 45 South, Suite 530, Conroe, TX, 77385
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
782566418
Principal Investigator:
Doug Heermann
Principal Investigator
(281) 292-9903
heermann@invocon.com
Business Contact:
Aaron Trott
Business Official
(281) 292-9903
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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