NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 T4.01-9931
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar, Radar, and Passive Microwave
PROPOSAL TITLE: New Lidar Laser Configuration for Earth Science Measurements

NAME: Fibertek, Inc. NAME: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
STREET: 510 Herndon Parkway STREET: 1000 Hilltop Circle
CITY: Herndon CITY: Baltimore
STATE/ZIP: VA  20170 - 5225 STATE/ZIP: MD  21250 - 0001
PHONE: (703) 471-7671 PHONE: (410) 455-3140

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Youming Chen
510 Herndon Parkway
Herndon, VA 20170 - 5225
(703) 471-7671

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Fibertek, Inc. and Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) propose to optimize and verify, an advanced platform for direct-detection lidar transmitter, based on using a dual-wavelength fiber-lidar transmitter. The proposed lidar tramsitter is based on a recently developed fiber lidar platform at Fibertek, that is capable of high spectral resolution at both 1064nm/532nm, has flexible pulse capability from sub-nsec to micro-seconds, with arbitrary optical waveform generation. This will be integrated in the lidar measurement system at UMBC, and lidar calibration, validation, and performance analysis will be conducted under different atmoshperic aerosol loading conditions. Such measurements will also be compared to co-located measurements conducted via the ELF and MPLNET lidar systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Ground-based High-Spectral Resolution Lidar for atmospheric aerosol mapping
(2) Airborne/UAS and potentially space-based aerosol mapping
(3) Multi-beam approach to high-resolution lidar mapping
(4) Direct-detection lidar transmitter applications enabled by arbitrary optical waveform capability of proposed fiber-lidar transmitter

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Precision lidar ranging applications for target range estimation
(2) Target tracking of RAM for military applications

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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