Low-Power, Lightweight Cloud Water Content Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$69,957.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNG05CA37C
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
042073
Solicitation Topic Code:
E1.03
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
6597 Maltse Lane, Unit D, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6954
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
118024608
Principal Investigator
 John Bognar
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 994-9354
 jbognar@anasphere.com
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 994-9354
Email: jbognar@anasphere.com
Research Institution
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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