Funding will Support NASA Climate Change Research and be Supported by Battle Creek Unlimited

Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), today announced that it had been selected to receive a NASA Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award supporting NASA’s ongoing High Spectral Resolution LIDAR (HSRL) effort, one of two NASA Phase 2 awards MAC received this year. This award, to be led by Dr. David K. Johnson, will help NASA’s Langley Research Center to characterize the size, composition and distribution of small particles in the air, which collectively are called aerosols by atmospheric scientists. This is a key component in understanding the Earth’s changing climate and for other studies on the dynamics of the atmosphere. HSRL is an airborne system, so the project will broaden MAC’s already-extensive experience with atmospheric measurement and precision optical receivers capable of use in harsh environments.

NASA announced 142 Phase 2 SBIR contract awards, each worth $600,000, for 121 small businesses on October 28. Michigan Aerospace Corporation was one of 17 businesses that received more than one contract. Both awards will be supported by Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU), the economic development arm of the city of Battle Creek, as part of BCU’s previously-announced partnership with MAC.