NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 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)
Xiomas Technologies
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: 6 to 7

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
An autonomous airborne imaging system for earth science research, disaster response, and fire detection is proposed. The primary goal is to improve information to researchers and operations personnel. By operating autonomously and with higher spatial resolution, the system will deliver a 3X to 4X reduction in operating costs compared to current systems. The system uses a two color Quantum Well Infrared Photo detector (QWIP) to improve the accuracy of energy release from wildfires, thereby improving our understanding of the carbon cycle.

The system includes a multi-sensor step-stare imager, position and attitude sensor, data communications link, and a data processing system with; feature extraction (such as 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 imagers including; visible and IR cameras and/or hyperspectral sensors. We envision several versions of the instrument, one weighing around 75 pounds and a smaller version weighing less than 15 pounds.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The project is aimed at advancing sensor development for Earth Science and Observation particularly with regards carbon cycle research, disaster response, fire research, autonomous systems operation, and reducing the size weight and power while increasing the operational efficiencies of remote sensing systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Several government and commercial entities have expressed a need for a system of this type including; 1) the U.S.F.S. for improved operational efficiencies in fire mapping, fuel loading, and burn area rehab, 2) DHS for border patrol, 3) FEMA for disaster response, 4) various entities for hydrology mapping of ground water, springs, and seeps, 5) commercial entities for heat loss from buildings, 6) National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22) to improve national capabilities to detect the proliferation of nuclear weapons (ref solicitation no. DE-AR52-07NA28115)

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.

Architectures and Networks
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Data Input/Output Devices
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors

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