3-D Wind and Turbulence Measurement System for UAV

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CA76P
Agency Tracking Number: 074418
Amount: $93,150.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: S1.08
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aerotech Research
11836 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 200, Newport News, VA, 23606-4507
Duns: 073855186
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Wheeler
 Principal Investigator
 (757) 723-1300
 bobwheeler@atr-usa.com
Business Contact
 Steven Velotas
Title: Business Official
Phone: (757) 723-1300
Email: stevevelotas@atr-usa.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In situ wind and turbulence measurements play a key role in the support and validation of Earth science missions using spaced-based technology. NASA has been using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in support of these Earth science missions, but the current UAVs do not have sensor packages to make science quality measurements of parameters including three-dimensional wind, turbulence, temperature, humidity, and pressure. AeroTech will develop 3-Dimensional Wind and Turbulence Measurement System for UAVs that is based on thermal anemometer technology and that will measure and resolve science quality wind vector and turbulence information throughout the flight envelope. The System will provide high quality data that will improve NASA's ability to validate, verify, and supplement spaced-based measurements taken during missions. Phase I will assess the capability of the thermal anemometer sensor portion of the system and finalize the system design. By the end of Phase II, the prototype system will have been developed, integrated into a UAV, and flight-tested.

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