Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to demonstrate its atmospheric Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology for Marine Corps artillery. MAC’s exclusive Direct Detection Doppler Wind LIDAR (D3WL) senses wind speed and direction along with air temperature and density in any atmospheric volume of interest, such as along the ballistic arc of an artillery shell. This approach will increase the accuracy of artillery by compensating for prevailing atmospheric conditions. The accuracy of MAC’s LIDAR measurements will far exceed current methods (balloons and ground-based) while minimizing observability. MAC will demonstrate this technology to the military in 2012.