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Convective Induced Turbulence Detection in Oceanic Trajectory-Based Operations

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CL64P
Agency Tracking Number: 154592
Amount: $124,603.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
2360 Southwest Chelmsford Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-2265
United States
DUNS: 802036496
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jimmy Krozel
 Chief Scientist
 (503) 242-1761
Business Contact
 Michelle Camarda
Title: Business Official
Phone: (503) 242-1761
Research Institution

We propose to develop a Convective-Induced Turbulence (CIT) hazard detection system for Oceanic Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO) based on satellite-based observations of lightning and other supporting data. The system is based on total lightning sensing as an indicator of the location and severity of in-cloud CIT. Total lightning activity will be measured over oceanic airspace at high temporal resolution from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES R) in 2016. This opens up a unique research and business opportunity; we seek to investigate the relationship between CIT and total lightning measurements, and determine the skill of total lightning as an indicator of CIT. We will be able to provide turbulence estimates for oceanic flights and automatically warn airline dispatchers of upcoming weather hazards in TBO over oceanic airspaces.

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