NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 S3.05-8263
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: In-situ Airborne Sampler for Advanced Guided Dropsonde

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Latitude Engineering
744 South Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 - 6626
(520) 792-2006

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason M. Douglas
jason.douglas@latitudeengineering.com
744 South Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 - 6626
(520) 792-2006

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Karen Malinosky
contact1@latitudeengineering.com
744 South Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 - 6626
(520) 792-2006

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 5
End: 7

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft and Sounding Rocket Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed innovation is a low-cost, retrievable and reusable, autonomously guided dropsonde capable of in-situ atmospheric measurements. The proposed effort will focus on the engineering work involved with the retrieval of volcanic ash plume samples. This work will build upon a previous NASA SBIR Phase I project Latitude Engineering completed in 2011: the development of an Advanced Guided Dropsonde (AGD). Though the tested prototype received favorable reviews, funding restructuring of the SBIR program within NASA prevented funding for Phase II. To keep the momentum behind this innovative airborne platform, Latitude Engineering is proposing to build upon this accomplishment: refine the current dropsonde design and develop a sampling system for atmospheric particulates that will be integrated into this 4 cm diameter research vessel. Miniaturized particulate sampling equipment for airborne missions is not commercially available. Even for full scale systems, many research programs develop their own collection and sensor systems. With the small size limitations of the AGD, a multi-stage particulate sampler can be developed that can collect size segregated particulate including aerosols. With the significant need for atmospheric particulate sampling, the AGD can offer unprecedented access to atmospheric samples including those at high altitudes.
The key goals of this Phase I proposal are to demonstrate the capability of the AGD to be released from a host manned aircraft, collect an atmospheric particulate sample from a pre-programmed altitude and location, and deliver the protected sample to a pre-programmed recovery area. This system, engineered to be cost compatible with existing dropsonde launch systems, is recoverable and re-useable.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Latitude's AGD was designed to fit the MIST dropsonde system used on NASA's Global Hawk UAV. It can be upsized or modified to be compatible with the AVAPS system on use on NASA's P-3, DC-8 or other aircraft.

The airborne in-situ sampler has many applications for other UAV platforms. Potential markets include Earth sciences, military, and disaster response agencies. The proposed sampler will greatly aid NASA in their efforts to further advance climate and atmospheric research.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The airborne in-situ sampler has many applications for other UAV platforms. Potential markets include Earth sciences, military, and disaster response agencies. The proposed sampler will greatly aid NASA in their efforts to further advance climate and atmospheric research.

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.)
Airship/Lighter-than-Air Craft
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)


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