Radiometrics CorporationAtmopsheric Systems Corporation (ASC) was acquired by Radiometrics Corporation (www.radiometrics.com) in April, 2016. Radiometrics was established for the design, manufacture, sales and use of surface based atmospheric remote sensing instruments and systems to monitor the atmospheric boundary layer parameters such as wind, turbulence and temperature profiles. Below is a timeline that captures the progression of the company and milestones in its research, innovation, and design of sodar technology.
1972AeroVironment designs the Acoustic Radar. This design laid the foundation for the high resolution Digital Facsimile display incorporated in the ASC products.
1976Xontec enters the world of SoDAR by designing a Bistatic SodDAR system.
1976AeroVironment, with support from participants Melborne, designs a monostatic SoDAR which provided the basis for the modern day Model 2000.
1979The EPA invites both Xontec and AeroVironment to participate in an intercomparison. This study results measurable correlations and paves the way for another study in 1982.
1982Xontec and AeroVironment participated in another intercomparison sponsored by the EPA again proving the technology. This study results in EPA sign off on SoDAR as an acceptable monitoring device that meets the EPA criteria.
1982Dr. Underwood, after completing his PhD on SoDAR and teaching at Florida State University, joins Xontec to work with the Xondar, Xontecâï¿½ï¿½s existing SoDAR.
1982Dr. Underwood designs the revolutionary phased array antenna (this design has been implement in the ASC 3000 and 4000 products and mimicked by other SoDAR manufacturers). Dr. Underwood also designs the 1st PC based signal processor for the SoDAR application.
1988Dr. Underwood joins Aerovironment Inc.
1990AeroVironment purchases the Xondar product lines (phased array and Bistatic) from Xontec.
1990NAVY SBIR project begins.
1992The miniSoDAR (Model 4000) product line is developed through the efforts of the SBIR grant resulting in a successful commercialization of the system.
1994Aerovironment sells the 1st Network of miniSoDARs (Model 4000 product line) systems to Berkley Network Labs for emergency response purposes. These units were in operation for over 12 years.
1994SodarPro and PADS data products are developed allowing for real-time data streaming and data storage in a database.
1997The 3000 Hz phased array SoDAR is completed (Model 3000)
1998-9The Range Standardization and Modernization program results in the sale of 14 systems (8 to Cape Canaveral and 6 to Vandenberg). This program requires a minimum 15 year enclosure lifetime resulting in the fiberglass enclosures still in use today. These enclosures provide a 20 year life expectancy.
2002AeroVironment develops the 1st solar charged, battery powered SoDAR. This system is also made portable by mounting it on a trailer.
2003SodarPro and PADS data products are developed allowing for real-time data streaming and data storage in a database.AeroVironment develops the acoustic refractive index for laser propagation studies.
2005Atmopsheric Systems Corporation (ASC) is started when Dr. Underwood (Director at AV) purchases the SoDAR product lines and rights.
2007The WindExplorer is born. This self operated system utilizes both solar and generator power sources (as needed) while detecting rain, snow, and operating a heater.
2007ASC develops a new signal processing system that allows for the implementation of an easy to use LCD interface.
2008ASC and Globalstar join forces to offer satellite data transmission of system data.
2009ASC and Digi International reach an agreement for ASC to provide Digi cellular products.
2009Complete real-time diagnostics of the entire SoDAR including individual speaker monitoring is finished. This enables users to easily see all systems statuses from any where in the world.
2009ASC widens its distribution network reaching agreements with companies in Australia, Argentina, Chile, and several locations within the United States.
2016Radiometrics Corporation (www.radiometrics.com) acquires Atmospheric Systems Corporation. Primary operations are now out of Boulder, CO.