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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 Systems
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 Center
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 Company
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 Center
 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 Corporation
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)