Doppler Asymmetric Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer (DASH) for Measuring Winds in the Upper Atmosphere (90-300km)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,265.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8718-08-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-103-0554
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ARTEP, INC.
2922 Excelsior Springs Court, Ellicott City, MD, 21042
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
186413639
Principal Investigator:
David Babcock
Contract Postdoctoral Physicist
(202) 767-2023
dbabcock@ssd5.nrl.navy.mil
Business Contact:
Ronen Feldman
President/Founder of Artep
(410) 480-2700
rfeldman@artepinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The primary goal of Phase I of this SBIR is an exploratory development to determine the instrument requirements needed to measure neutral winds in the upper atmosphere (90-300km) by passively measuring the Doppler shift of atomic oxygen airglow emission lines with a field-widened Doppler Asymmetric Spatial Heterodyne interferometer (DASH) instrument aboard a satellite platform in low Earth orbit. DASH interferometers are a new development of the optical technique of Spatial Heterodyne Spectroscopy (SHS) and offer the potential to provide low-power, light weight miniaturized instruments capable of wavelength resolutions required for measuring upper atmospheric winds to an accuracy of better than 20m/s through Doppler shift measurements. The conceptual flight design to be completed in Phase I will determine the mass, power, size and estimated cost of building a miniaturized DASH instrument to observe both the upper atmospheric green line and red line airglow emissions at 557.7nm and 630nm, covering the requirement altitude range of 90-300km. The secondary goal for Phase I is to complete a conceptual breadboard design for a ground-based DASH instrument to measure upper atmospheric winds. A breadboard design provides the basis for a Phase II SBIR where a DASH breadboard instrument would be built and fielded.

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