NASA STTR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 T8.03-9846
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Science Instruments for Small Missions (SISM)
PROPOSAL TITLE: Conjugate Etalon Spectral Imager (CESI) & Scanning Etalon Methane Mapper (SEMM)

NAME: Wavefront LLC NAME: Space Dynamics Laboratory
STREET: 7 Johnston Circle STREET: 1695 North Research Park Way
CITY: Basking Ridge CITY: North Logan
STATE/ZIP: NJ  07920 - 3741 STATE/ZIP: UT  84341 - 1947
PHONE: (609) 558-4806 PHONE: (435) 713-3850

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Alan Bruce Marchant
7 Johnston Circle
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - 3741
(435) 713-3850

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jie Yao
7 Johnston Circle
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - 3741
(609) 558-4806

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Science Instruments for Small Missions (SISM) is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The Conjugate Etalon Spectral Imaging (CESI) concept enables the development of miniature instruments with high spectral resolution, suitable for LEO missions aboard CubeSat or nanosat buses, including constellation missions providing global coverage and characterization of dynamic phenomena. Small size, low power, and a simplified instrument architecture support missions for earth observation, atmospheric science, and planetary science.
Unlike prior art hyperspectral and ultraspectral instruments that are much too large and complex for deployment on a nanosat, the CESI concept can be implemented in a small form factor using inexpensive components and requiring only a small optical aperture. CESI superimposes the interferogram from a conjugate Fabry-Perot etalon on the image of a scanned scene captured on a novel high-sensitivity low-noise SWIR focal plane. Using image processing, high resolution spectral characterization is performed independently for each point in the scene. The innovative focal plane and spectroscopic concepts have many promising scientific and commercial applications.
The Scanned Etalon Methane Mapper (SEMM) is a CubeSat instrument that incorporates the CESI concept to perform global daytime mapping of atmospheric methane column density. Performance capabilities: ground resolution 100 m; concentration sensitivity 18 ppb; and global revisit ~ 60 days.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA Applications for the CESI technology include:
? hyperspectral imaging of terrestrial and planetary surfaces;
? remote atmospheric analysis, e.g. sounding and solar occultation;
? sensitive, high-gain SWIR detectors and focal planes;
? photon-counting focal planes and miniaturized spectrometers for planetary missions;
global methane mapping of the Earth in support of the Earth System mission.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial applications for the CESI technology include:
? hyperspectral earth imaging for applications in minerology, agriculture, environmental management, etc;
? night-vision, laser protection, miniature cameras, and other low-light applications;
? high-sensitivity focal planes for flash lidar and free-space optical communications; and
prosthetic vision aids for low-vision patients.

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.)

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