NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 X2.02-8558
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Autonomous Precision Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance
PROPOSAL TITLE: 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
(805) 966-3331

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Howard Bailey
135 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbarta , CA 93101 - 1674
(805) 966-3331

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
• Topographical Mapping
• 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.

Attitude Determination and Control
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Telemetry, Tracking and Control

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