2004 IIP Projects Awarded


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Awards 23 Contracts for Instrument Incubator Program

05/04/2005 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded
funding for 23 new investigations for instrument development, under the
Instrument Incubator Program (IIP), which supports NASA’s Science Mission
Directorate programs. The proposals, selected from a field of 82 submitted
proposals, focus on high-priority science areas, including aerosol and
trace gas measurements in the lower troposphere, ice topographic mapping,
and tropospheric winds measurements. The total funding for these investigations,
over a period of three years, is approximately $60 million; investigators
and collaborators are located in 13 states.

The main purpose of IIP is to identify, develop and, where appropriate,
demonstrate new measurement technologies which reduce the risk, cost size
and development time of Earth observing instruments, and/or enable new
observation measurements.

The instruments selected include active and passive optical systems
for measuring cloud properties and trace gases with improved resolution;
radar and laser-based approaches for mapping and measuring ice sheets;
active and passive approaches for measuring tropospheric wind velocities;
an agile digital detector for radio-frequency interference mitigation in
radiometers; a gravity gradiometer; an interferometric synthetic aperature
radar for surface deformation measurements; and a GPS based instrument
for precise orbit determination, ionospheric studies, and solid earth studies.

The investigations selected by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate are:

Abshire, James B.    Goddard Space Flight Center

Laser Sounder for Atmospheric CO2 Measurements from Orbit
– Technology Improvements, Ground and Airborne Demonstrations, and Space
Instrument Definition

Anderson, James G.    Harvard University

Development of Miniaturized Intra-Cavity DFG, Fiber-Optics, and
Quantum Cascade Laser Systems in Conjunction with Integrated Electronics
for Global Studies of Climate Forcing and Response Using UAVs as a Partner
with Satellite and Adaptive Models

Browell, Edward V.    Langley Research Center

Development of UAV-based Global Ozone Lidar Demonstrator (GOLD)

Diner, David J.    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A High-Accuracy Spectropolarimetric Camera for Aerosol Remote Sensing
from Space

Dobbs,  Michael E.    ITT Industries, Space

Division Multi-Functional Fiber Laser Lidar (MFLL) for Ice Sheet
Topographic Mapping – A Development and Demonstration Proposal

Gentry, Bruce M.    Goddard Space Flight Center

TWiLiTE:Tropospheric Wind Lidar Technology Experiment

Harding, David J.    Goddard Space Flight Center

Push-Broom Laser Altimeter Demonstration for Space-Based Cryospheric
Topographic and Surface Property Mapping

Heymsfield, Gerald M.    Goddard Space Flight

High-Altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler (HIWRAP)

Hostetler, Chris A.    Langley Research Center

Technology Development for a Combined High Spectral Resolution and
Ozone Differential Absorption Lidar

Ismail, Syed    Langley Research Center

Development and Evaluation of a 2-Micron Differential Absorption
Lidar for Profiling CO2

Jezek, Kenneth C.    Ohio State University

Glaciers and Ice Sheets Interferometric Radar

Kavaya, Michael J.    Langley Research Center

Compact, Engineered, 2-Micron Coherent Doppler Wind Lidar Prototype
for Field and Airborne Validation

Kumer, John B.    Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Tropospheric Infrared Mapping Spectrometers (TIMS) for CO Measurements
With Much Improved Vertical, Temporal and Spatial Resolution, Especially
in the Lower Troposphere by Utilizing Both the NIR and MWIR Regions

Maleki, Lute    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Atom-interferometer Gravity Gradiometer: An Instrument Prototype
for Earth Science Observation Missions

Meehan, Thomas K.    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A GNSS Remote-Sensing and Ultra-High-Accuracy POD Instrument (GRSPI)

Mlynczak, Martin G.     Langley Research

 In-situ Net Flux Within the Atmosphere of the Earth

Moller, Delwyn K.    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A Ka-Band Digitally Beamformed Radar Interferometer for Topographic
Mapping of Glaciers and Ice Sheets

Moussessian, Alina    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Large Aperture, Scanning, L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

Raney, R. Keith    Johns Hopkins University

Pathfinder Advanced Radar Ice Sounder (PARIS)

Ruf, Christopher S.    University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor

Development of an Agile Digital Detector for RFI Detection and Mitigation
on Spaceborne Radiometers

Schwiesow, Ronald L.    Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Validation of Technique for Measurement of Tropospheric Winds Using
Doppler Shift of the Oxygen A-band Absorption Lines

Whiteman, David N.    Goddard Space Flight Center

Airborne Water, Aerosol Cloud and Carbon Dioxide Lidar

Yee, Jeng-Hwa     Johns Hopkins University

Geostationary Imaging Fabry-Perot Spectrometer (GIFS)