Low-Power, Lightweight Cloud Water Content Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,957.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNG05CA37C
Award Id:
74414
Agency Tracking Number:
042073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D, Bozeman, MT, 59718
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
118024608
Principal Investigator:
John Bognar
Principal Investigator
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact:
John Bognar
Business Official
(406) 994-9354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The water content of clouds, whether in liquid or ice form, is a key variable to be measured when either calibrating remote sensing systems or when calculating the climatological effects of clouds. While a variety of sensors exist for making these measurements, all of the existing sensors require far too much power or other energy input to be used on small platforms with limited payloads such as UAVs, balloons, and kites. Anasphere has developed and completed preliminary testing of a novel cloud water content sensor which does not require any external energy input, but is capable of measuring both liquid water and ice content of clouds. Preliminary results have been extremely promising. Phase I work will include the fabrication and demonstration of proof-of-concept sensors based on the designs investigated in the preliminary research, culminating in a balloon-borne flight with a radiosonde through a cloud. Phase II work will include the refinement of the design, extensive laboratory testing, and extensive field intercomparisons and trials.

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