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Multipurpose Atmospheric/Underwater Expendable Dropsonde

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-14-CN-0068
Agency Tracking Number: 14-1-003
Amount: $94,132.68
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2014-1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-01-15
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451-
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 Director, Advanced Systems Group
 (781) 466-8010
 mrufo@boston-engineering.com
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: VP/CTO
Phone: (781) 466-8010
Email: msmithers@boston-engineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
There are currently no inexpensive observing systems that detect temperature, salinity and currents under the ocean's surface - all important factors in predicting the intensity of hurricanes. Boston Engineering proposes to develop the Multi-Purpose Above Surface/Below Surface Expendable Dropsondes (MASED). Our design builds on the highly successful air dropsondes already in use, combined with an innovative yet inexpensive underwater sonde that has the ability to measure all underwater parameters of interest, and surface and dive several times using a controlled buoyancy system. The major benefits of our proposed approach are: low cost components, a buoyancy control system to allow several dive/surface trips, a modular design to add or remove certain sensors, a structure that can withstand the impact of hitting the ocean surface after deployment from an aircraft, and integrating the technology from the widely used dropsondes on the market.

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