ANN ARBOR, MI, June 3, 2014 — Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, announces that it has begun work on a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award funded by the United States Air Force. The project’s goal is to measure optical turbulence more accurately and exploit scintillation, which allows estimation of cross-range wind speed. These capabilities are of interest to the Air Force for work on evaluating optical sensors and also for detecting airborne turbulence hazards before aircraft encounter them. This work, titled Differential Characterization of Atmospheric Turbulence System (or DCATS), is being led by MAC’s Chief Scientist, Dr. David K. Johnson, and carried out with collaborators at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).