LIDAR Artillery Meteorology System (LAMS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,550.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0403
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-039-0896
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-039
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969868298
Principal Investigator:
David Johnson
Senior Scientist
(734) 975-8777
djohnson@michaero.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sampson
Chief Executive Officer
(734) 975-8777
rsampson@michaero.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes building a breadboard prototype LIDAR instrument that will demonstrate the measurements needed to aid in ordinance delivery. Current methods (launching balloons with meteorological packages) cannot measure atmospheric conditions along actual projectile flight paths. Additionally, the highly-observable current methods endanger the warfighter with increased visibility, significant operation time, and heavy manpower requirements. The LIDAR system developed by Michigan Aerospace Corporation employs a Direct Detection Doppler Wind Lidar (D3WL) and allows near real-time measurement of atmospheric parameters (wind, pressure, temperature) along the ballistic arc. These LIDAR systems operate in the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum at 355nm for eye safety and minimal observability. Michigan Aerospace Corp. is uniquely positioned to develop the Concept Demonstrator LIDAR Artillery Meteorology System (LAMS) due to its extensive experience in the development and fielding of LIDAR and related systems for use in extreme environments (air, near-space, space, ground and marine). The technology developed at Michigan Aerospace Corporation offers significant advantages over the current state-of-the-art and is highly capable of meeting the requirements of the Marine Corps. The capability made possible through this instrument is applicable to areas such as atmospheric mitigation for snipers, long-range gunnery and precision landing zones for manned and unmanned aircraft.

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