NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S3.09-8272
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: NASA Guided Dropsonde

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Exquadrum, Inc.
12130 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301 - 2703
(760) 246-0279

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kevin E. Mahaffy
kevin.mahaffy@exquadrum.com
12130 Rancho Road
Adelanto, CA 92301 - 2703
(760) 246-0279 Extension :21

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Exquadrum, Inc. proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative approach to providing NASA with a Guided Dropsonde (NGD). NASA's desire to use existing aircraft systems such as the AVAPS aboard NASA/NOAA P-3 aircraft will be met by incorporating existing dropsonde sensors with innovative aerodynamics, deployment structures, and programmable control packages to facilitate more accurate observations in extreme conditions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA/NOAA probes hurricanes and is interested in ash clouds from volcanic eruptions. This technology would allow greater detailed observations from these and other airborne phenomena that are currently to dangerous to investigate.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Most airsondes are used by non-NASA government agencies (NOAA. DoD, etc). The National Weather service alone currently launches over 200 airsonde balloons a day in the United States and Caribbean. A small simple system to recover some of these sensors intact could lead to reuse and higher quality equipment and data at a lower cost.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Aerodynamics
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Deployment
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)


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