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Advanced Tethersonde for High-Speed Flux Measurements

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105451
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Advanced Tethersonde for High-Speed Flux Measurements
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CE87P
Award Amount: $99,962.00
 

Abstract:

Flux measurements of trace gases and other quantities, such as latent heat, are of great importance in scientific field research. One typical flux measurement setup involves placing measurement equipment (sonic anemometers and associated sensors or samplers) on rigid towers (rigidity being required to provide a stable platform for the sonic anemometers). These towers are relatively immobile, and cannot be readily moved nor installed in remote locations. This prevents fluxes or vertical profiles of trace species from being measured in many remote areas.Anasphere will develop a tethersonde system which will allow flux measurements to be made using tethered blimps or kites. The tethersonde modules will incorporate a three-dimensional sonic anemometer plus motion-correction sensors so that the motion of the tether and module may be removed from the wind measured by the sonic anemometer. The result will be a highly mobile flux tower.In Phase I, a proof-of-concept tethersonde module will be built and tested which incorporates a three-dimensional sonic anemometer and motion-correction sensors. It will be tested in flight. Phase II work will see the refinement of the modules and sensor algorithms, as well as extensive field tests.

Principal Investigator:

John Bognar
Principal Investigator
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com

Business Contact:

John Bognar
Business Official
4069949354
jbognar@anasphere.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Anasphere, Inc.
106 Pronghorn Trail Bozeman, MT -

EIN/Tax ID: 352176869
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No