Automated Sonde Launching System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$299,998.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DG133R-03-CN-0077
Award Id:
57228
Agency Tracking Number:
2002-02
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 130, littleton, CO, 80127
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PatrickFrench
Instruments Program Manager
(303) 792-5615
patf@adatech.com
Business Contact:
CliftonBrown
President
(303) 792-5615
cliff.brown@adatech.com
Research Institute:
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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