A Distributed Platform Automated Balloonsonde Launcher

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG1330-02-CN-0030
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-02
Amount: $74,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Veatch
 Research Engineer
 (303) 792-5615
 brad.veatch@adatech.com
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown
Title: President
Phone: () -
Email: 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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