NASA STTR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-2 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: Utah State University Research Foundation - SDL
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)
Dr. Jie Yao
7 Johnston Circle
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 - 3741
(609) 558-4806

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. 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: 4
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)
Development of the CESI focal plane and optics technology will lead to miniaturized hyperspectral and SWIR-band spectral imaging instrumentation compatible with CubeSat and other nanosat platforms. The project will implement the technology by developing a CubeSat-compatible SEMM instrument for global mapping of atmospheric methane concentrations.
Specific Phase I technical objectives include:
- Perform a trade study comparing the performance potential of alternate concepts for a miniaturized spectrometer with respect to the methane mapping mission.
- Demonstrate that the image of a scene collected through an interferometer is a product of the scene radiance pattern with the interferogram.
- Build a laboratory prototype and demonstrate enhanced detection of a multi-line molecular absorption band.
- Test novel detector devises suitable for high-gain, low-noise SWIR imaging in a nanosat setting.
- Develop the instrument architecture for SEMM and validate the concept analytically by a radiometric model.
- Design the high sensitivity, low-noise SWIR focal plane for SEMM.
The CESI project is undertaken by Wavefront LLC with the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) collaborating as the research institution. The key personnel are the Project Manager and the Principle Investigator (from Wavefront) and the scientists (from SDL). The duration of Phase I is 12 months.

During Phase II, SDL will prototype the complete CESI instrument incorporating Wavefront's novel high-sensitivity focal plane and readout over 24-month duration.

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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