NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-1 S1.08-9119
SUBTOPIC TITLE: in situ Airborne, Surface, and Submersible Instruments for Earth Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Airborne Wide Area Imager for Wildfire Mapping and Detection

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
1317 Skyway Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 - 8952
(734) 646-6535

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
John Green
1317 Skyway Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 - 8952
(734) 646-6535

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 2 to 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
An advanced airborne imaging system for fire detection/mapping is proposed. The goal of the project is to improve control and management of wildfires in order to reduce loss of life and property. The system will offer approximately a 3X increase in operating efficiency compared to current systems and will be designed for autonomous or remote operation in an unmanned airborne system (UAS) but will also be suitable for operation in manned aircraft.

The system includes a multi-band imaging sensor, position and attitude sensor, an interface to an air-to-ground or satellite data communication link, and a data processing system with software for; fire detection, image geo-coding, and image compression.

The sensor head is an innovative design combining high resolution framing devices (cameras) with a step-stare scanning mirror. This configuration results in high spatial resolution imagery and wide area coverage. The design of the sensor head is flexible allowing for a variety of cameras including; RGB, CIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR. The system can be operated at various altitudes allowing it to serve a variety of missions. We envision several versions of the instrument, one weighing less than 75 pounds and a smaller version weighing less than 20 pounds.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary application is fire mapping and detection.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The principle investigator works with other government agencies including the defense intelligence and central intelligence agencies and the US Department of Energy. Each of these groups has expressed a need for high resolution wide area thermal imagery for a variety of applications including persistent surveillance, mapping and detection of unexploded ordinance, and recovery of satellite nuclear power sources in the event of launch abort.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Optical & Photonic Materials

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