NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S1.01-9036
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: HD6D LIDAR for High Speed Descent Mapping

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Systems & Processes Engineering Corp
6800 Burleson Road, Bldg 320
Austin, TX 78744 - 2306
(512) 479-7732

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brad Sallee
sallee@spec.com
6800 Burleson Rd, Bldg 320
Austin, TX 78744 - 2306
(512) 479-7732 Extension :2122

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joseph Priest
priest@spec.com
6800 Burleson Rd, Bldg 320
Austin, TX 78744 - 2306
(512) 479-7732 Extension :2165

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) propose a space hardened, compact, low power, high definition six-dimension (HD6D) LADAR for remote sensing. This modular situation awareness HD6D LADAR can be configured by platform and mission to support operational ranges from 8km to 30 km, while meeting CubeSat form factors of .5U to 3U, respectively. The .5U CubeSat configuration has a 3.2Mpps HD6D Micro-LIDAR with integrated high resolution, 5 Mpixel, 30fps, RGB camera and can achieve a 4km effective range in single pulse mode or 8km range in integrated image mode (for 0.1 reflectivity targets). The long range Gen IV HD6D configuration can be used for descent imaging. It has a 12.8Gig pixels per second acquisition rate, 100x faster than competitors, and a clear air range of 20km. Current Gen IV LIDARs have a 30 degree field of view, using pixel sizes of 0.7mr or 0.15mr. Built around the space qualified Vertex-5QV FPGA, using pipeline processing to calculate the stabilized x,y,z amplitude point cloud, merges the point cloud with the RGB image, and produces HD6D binned images (x,y,z,R,G,B). The LIDARs have range accuracy of 3mm at close range, 35mm at acquisition ranges.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA applications of the HD6D LADAR include high speed decent imaging for landing. It can also be used for applications such as on-orbit space vehicle inspection, space docking, refueling, robotics and space debris recovery.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Areas of interest already explored are military on orbit applications and terrestrial applications in UAV, UGV and under water robotics. The deep field capture, high speed imaging and high range resolution allow under forest counting and identification of large animals. Applications of degraded visibility imaging for helicopter landing have also been explored.

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
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Image Processing
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Perception/Vision
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Ranging/Tracking
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)

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