NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-2 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: 13605 Dulles Technology Drive STREET: 1000 Hilltop Circle
CITY: Herndon CITY: Baltimore
STATE/ZIP: VA  20171 - 4603 STATE/ZIP: MD  21250 - 0002
PHONE: (703) 471-7671 PHONE: (410) 455-3140

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Youming Chen
13605 Dulles technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671 Extension :3707

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

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In this STTR Phase 1 program, Fibertek successfully developed and demonstrated a breadboard version of a pulsed fiber laser capable of high-spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) measurements. This was installed in the Lidar Lab. at the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore county (UMBC). Lidar integration, calibration and validation was successfully performed, leading to the demonstration of direct backscatter measurements up to 10km atmospheric height, and HSRL measurement of the atmospheric boundary layer aerosol. Such measurements compared very well to the co-located lidar measurements conducted via the ELF and MPLNET lidar systems.

For the STTR Phase 2 program, Fibertek and UMBC propose to mature this technology platform, to develop, test, deliver and demonstrate a completed standalone HSRL lidar system capable continuos lidar measurement. The HSRL lidar transmitter sub-system can be also used for airborne HSRL missions, and the design is both power-scalable and compatible with a qualification roadmap, for future space-based HSRL missions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Ground-based High-Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) for atmospheric aerosol mapping
(2) Airborne/UAS and potentially space-based aerosol mapping
(3) Enables multi-beam approach to high-resolution lidar mapping
(4) Direct-detection lidar transmitter applications, enabled by the 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 rocket,artillery, mortar (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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