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Volcanic Ash Detection Using Raman LIDAR: "VADER"

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
124187
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Volcanic Ash Detection Using Raman LIDAR: "VADER"
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CM19P
Award Amount: $123,943.00
 

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, to be named VADER (Volcanic Ash DEtection Raman LIDAR). The instrument will be designed to operate from an airborne platform, and as such, will be compact and light weight. This approach benefits from returning real-time measurements, in contrast to sampling methods (impactors) that require post-mission analysis. This project will utilize MAC's extensive heritage of rugged LIDAR system design and construction.

Principal Investigator:

Dominique Fourguette
VP for Research&Development
7349758777
dfourguette@michiganaerospace.com

Business Contact:

John Dodds
Business Development Coord.
7349758777
jdodds@michaero.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2285

EIN/Tax ID: 383323642
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No