NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 S5.01-8899
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Three Dimensional Situational Awareness Sensor to Assist Descent and Landing of the Mars Lander Spacecraft

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
663 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, #316
San Marcos, CA 92078 - 3973
(858) 243-0700

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Bodo Schmidt
663 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, #316
San Marcos, CA 92078 - 3973
(858) 683-3582

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In order to address NASA's needs identified in the RFP, TetraVue proposes the use of a unique, non GPS and non-observer position dependent 3D sensor system to achieve both high lateral and depth resolution during the landing phase of the EDL. The system uses a nanosecond-class laser strobe to illuminate the scene and capture the 3D data in a single shot and is thus insensitive to motion of the observe or the scene. The approach can utilize off-the-shelf focal plane arrays to acquire high resolution, 3D data for a rapid and accurate craft landing and topographical hazard assessment. Phase I will result in a laboratory demonstration of TetraVue's technology to address the speed and range requirement of the program and bring the TRL level from 3 to 4. Phase II will demonstrate a breadboard prototype capable of performing demonstration experiments with realistic mission parameters and bring the TRL level from 4 to 5.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This system can be adapted to other NASA EDL missions or medium-range terrain mapping missions to asteroids or moons. This sensor would also be able to provide 3D situational awareness for spacecraft docking maneuvers or obstacle avoidance for rovers. Other applications that would benefit from the unique performance of this sensor are close-proximity surveillance of spacecrafts or space junk.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This technology has the potential to acquire precise 3D data in a small compact package with a resolution that is desirable for many applications. Such applications include corridor mapping or civil infrastructure monitoring.Other potential applications include unattended monitoring, the 3D emerging video market and medium-range terrain mapping.

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.)
3D Imaging
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Navigation & Guidance
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telemetry (see also Control & Monitoring)

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