Reconfigurable Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System

Reconfigurable Mobile VHF Lightning Mapping System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-14-CN-0113
Agency Tracking Number: 13-2-011
Amount: $400,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117-3021
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenan Ezal, Ph.D
 Senior Scientist
 (805) 968-6787
 kezal@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A preliminary design of a mobile receiver system for intra-cloud lightning detection, mapping, and tracking was completed and analyzed during the Phase I program. The direction-finding (DF) receiver design is small enough for use on small UAVs and utilizes the full VHF spectrum. The lightning Mapping Unmanned Sensor (LITMUS) design will be finalized, fabricated, assembled, and demonstrated during the Phase II effort. The LITMUS system comprises (a) multiple remote nodes, each equipped with the VHF receiver and communication hardware, and (b) a centralized control station hosting a graphical user interface called the Emitter Localization and Mission Planning Tool, or Empath, communication hardware, and a waveform correlation engine. Although the LITMUS system will be backward compatible with the low-bandwidth legacy lightning mapping arrays currently in existence, it will also include high-bandwith waveform data that will achieve higher signal-to-noise-power ratios and will enable the detection and tracking of lightning flashes from much larger standoff distances and with better resolution. By the completion of the Phase II effort, a deliverable prototype LITMUS system will have been demonstrated in real-time and under realistic conditions and will be capable of mapping the entire flash sequence of intra-cloud lightning from beginning to end.

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