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Modular Micro-Weather Station for Use in Open Ocean and Coastal Marine Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0119
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-64
Amount: $74,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.3
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2004-1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway Suite 130
Littleton, CO 80127
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick French
 Instruments Program Mgr.
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution

NOAA collects meteorological measurements in open ocean and coastal marine environments from research vessels, data buoys and commercial ships for use in numerical weather prediction, global climate change research, and severe storm identification. The current system cost for robust marine automated meteorological stations is too high to allow ubiquitous use on all the available platforms. Through this SBIR award ADA Technologies will develop a cost effective, modular micro-weather station for use in marine environments. ADA will leverage an existing miniature self-networking sensor pod developed for military applications. The final modular system will weigh a few pounds and 1) measure meteorological parameters, 2) measure GPS location and spatial orientation to correct for platform motions, 3) contain integral communications to transfer data on a routine basis, 4) use a plug-and-play port for additional sensors. In Phase II, other sensors such as cloud cover, cloud height and horizontal visibility will be added.

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