Automated Sonde Launching System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-03-CN-0077
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-02
Amount: $299,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.3
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2002-1
Small Business Information
ADA Technologies
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 130, littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick French
 Instruments Program Manager
 (303) 792-5615
 patf@adatech.com
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Email: cliff.brown@adatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Balloon-borne radiosondes are used extensively to collect meteorological data in atmospheric research programs funded by NOAA, WMO, DOD, DOE and others. The launch of radiosondes requires skilled personnel at each launch site to perform tasks such as balloon filling, sonde pre-conditioning and attachment, and physical release of the equipment. At present no low-cost, simple, lightweight, and robust launchers that automate the process are commercially available. Launching balloon sondes in high winds is particularly problematic. In Phase I, ADA demonstrated the automated launch of balloon-borne radiosondes in high winds (30mph+) from a novel automated sonde launcher weighing roughly 100 lbs compared to multi-ton commercial alternatives. The ADA modular launcher is less expensive and more flexible than existing systems, incorporating numerous innovations and robust mechanisms that improve reliability. In Phase II, ADA will complete the development and packaging of this system and field validate the design on a ship. The prototype unit will be designed with extensive input from users and configured for minimal service requirements by shipboard personnel.

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