eVADE: Volcanic Ash Detection Raman LIDAR

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CM34P
Agency Tracking Number: 154480
Amount: $124,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
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
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108-2285
DUNS: 969868298
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dominique Fourguette
 Vice President for R&D
 (734) 975-8777
 dfourguette@michaero.com
Business Contact
 John Dodds
Title: Business Development Coord.
Phone: (734) 975-8777
Email: jdodds@michaero.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Volcanic ash is a significant hazard to aircraft engine and electronics and has caused damage to unwary aircraft and disrupted air travel for thousands of travelers, costing millions of dollars. Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) proposes to demonstrate the concept feasibility of a Raman Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system to obtain real-time information from volcanic ash clouds and other aerosols, to be named eVADE (Volcanic Ash DEtection Raman LIDAR). The instrumentation will also be suitable for atmospheric dust transport measurements. Atmospheric dust plays a significant role in climate modeling; unlike volcanic ash that reflects the solar heating back into the upper atmosphere, dust absorbs the heat locally and causes heating of the troposphere. eVADE will be designed to operate from an airborne platform (manned or unmanned), and as such, will be compact and light weight.

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