A Distributed Platform Automated Balloonsonde Launcher

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$74,998.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG1330-02-CN-0030
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-02
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADA Technologies, Inc.
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 130, Littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Veatch
Research Engineer
(303) 792-5615
brad.veatch@adatech.com
Business Contact:
Clifton Brown
President
() -
cliff.brown@adatech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Atmospheric researchers rely heavily on balloon-borne sondes to obtain altitude-dependent data called ¿vertical sounding zprofiles." Typically, trained personnel on land or sea vessels manually launch balloons at substantial cost. A relatively low-cost, adaptable, and portable automated launcher suitable for land and marine applications is highly desired. Building upon earlier work, ADA Technologies proposes to create an expandable, automated launcher "base component" for ready use by others building sophisticated new research tools. ADA will further develop its distributed "launch-module" concept to permit balloon releases in cold temperatures, gusting and sustained winds, and precipitation. Sonde pre- launch conditioning and calibration requirements will also be addressed.

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