NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation
FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY
|PHASE 1 CONTRACT NUMBER:
||Autonomous Precision Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance
||Flash 3D Enhancements for Autonomous Precision Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - 1674
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
135 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbarta , CA 93101 - 1674
Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract:
5 to 6
TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
With NASA's exploration initiative to return to Lunar Exploration and eventual human exploration of Mars, NASA has an increased need for advanced Autonomous Precision Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance solutions. Scanning LADAR and stereo video have significant shortcoming while ASC's Flash LADAR 3D video cameras can provide frames of 3D data in real time at video rates. The proposed high-sensitivity unit cell and ROIC enhances the sensitivity of ASC's standard ROIC by a very large factor as well as decreasing the associated unit cell area by a large factor. This enhancement reduces required laser power, reduces focal plane array power, allows PIN diode arrays to compete with APD detector arrays and increases the number of pixels possible in a given ROIC area.
Advanced Scientific Concepts Inc. (ASC) is a small business that has developed a number of 3D flash LADAR systems. Flash Ladar Video Cameras (FLVC) are 3D vision systems that return range and intensity information for each pixel in real time. The ASC camera with its 128x128 3D array is the equivalent of 16000 range finders on one chip. This allows the sensor to act as a 3D video camera with functionality well beyond just range finding. Its small size, low power and fast range data frame rate (30Hz) provides an ideal Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance sensor
POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Flash Ladar can meet NASA's requirements for a sensor that will increase the success of EDL operations for Mars Landed Exploration, Exploration of Moons (ALHAT, Jupiter Icy Moons), Asteroid and comet rendezvous and sample return.
Flash Ladar will have may other space applications.
This sensor will increase the success of NASA operations such as:
Rover Mobility and Navigation
Mars Landed Exploration
Exploration of Moons (ALHAT, Jupiter Icy Moons)
Asteroid and Comet Rendezvous and Sample Return
ISS Rendezvous and Docking
Space Situational Awareness
Rock Abundance and Distribution Maps
POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
ASC is pursuing many non-NASA applications.
Collision avoidance to save pedestrians and prevent vehicle damage, Helicopter landing in BrownOut conditions, Surveillance, Terrain Mapping, Autonomous Navigation for UGVs, unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and UAV, Smart intersection, Ladar brakes, Robotics, Machine Vision, Hazard Material Detection and Handling, Underwater 3D Imaging, Sub Nanosecond Dynamic Imaging, and consumer electronics.
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.
TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Attitude Determination and Control
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
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